More...    December 6, 2005

Gacic v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Food fight not over yet. Three restaurateurs, who failed in their defamation claim against The Sydney Morning Herald over a scathing review, still have a claim for injurious falsehood on foot. Actions in negligence and breach of contract thrown out ... more


Trial reports    December 1, 2005

Arthur Dent v Macquarie Radio Network Pty Ltd

The trial of Arthur Dent’s defamation action against 2GB proceeded under the wry eye of Justice Virginia Bell. The court heard some extraordinary testimony from the former skydiver ... more


Trial reports    November 23, 2005

Mark McGaw v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

The second week of football legend Mark McGaw’s trial has heard graphic evidence from Louise Boucheron, who said she had been his girlfriend and that “Sparkles” viciously assaulted her on several occasions ... more


Section 7A    November 15, 2005

Bennette v Cohen

Byron Bay property developer Jerry Bennette loses his appeal against a s.7A jury finding. The verdict was not outside the range of the rational. “Mere vulgar abuse” also given a well deserved airing ... more


Trial reports    November 13, 2005

Maurice Kriss v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The second leg of bankrupt barrister Maurice Kriss’ action against Fairfax opened with Justice Michael Adams calling The Sydney Morning Herald’s campaign against bankrupt barristers “unjustified”. Blackburn calls for a disqualification ... more


Trial reports    November 3, 2005

Leonard Ainsworth v Leslie Burden

Supreme Court jury finds for the defendant in pokie king Len Ainsworth’s 10-year defamation battle against a former NSW police commander. The defamatory letter was unlikely to cause the plaintiff harm ... more


Trial reports    October 26, 2005

Ainsworth v Burden

First week of pokie entrepreneur Len Ainsworth’s all-issues jury trial revealed a web of connections between NSW police, politicians and lawyers. Plenty of bar table biffo from old adversaries Evatt and Stitt ... more


Section 7A    October 11, 2005

Edward Obeid v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid wins another s.7A over the Oasis development allegations, this time against the ABC. McClintock on a roll as District Court jury finds all three imputations pleaded by the plaintiff conveyed and defamatory ... more


Imputations    October 7, 2005

Favell v Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd

Brisbane barrister has his day in the High Court and gets three imputations out of the 40 he originally pleaded sent for rehearing. Justice Kirby says judges should not hide behind the ordinary reasonable reader. The fiction should be dropped ... more