Dossier    December 18, 2015

All a-twitter

Taxi Council executive sues anti-Uber activist over barrage of tweets … Take 5 magazine sued over “Unfair dinkum” cover and article … More mafia matters from Melbourne … The Wagners sue 2GB, Alan Jones, The Spectator, Nick Cater and the Nine Network … Nine sued over news report … Image search engines Bing and Yahoo targeted by previously successful plaintiff ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 17, 2015

“A great addition to legal scholarship”

More praise (none of it faint) for Dr David Rolph’s scholarly new book Defamation Law ... QLD Supreme Court Justice Peter Applegarth explains why it deserves to be the go-to text for defamation law reform ... more


Intellectual property    December 17, 2015

The IP year in review

Test cases, new legislation, final judgments, important treaties and international conferences … Rocco Rinaldo reviews the Australian IP year that was ... more


Dossier    December 15, 2015

Settlement rush

Settlements in a number of high profile actions … Special leave that needs to be special … Legal eagle news in defamation circles ... more


Sources    December 15, 2015

Protecting journalist sources

Slowly but surely Australian courts are applying the new shield laws protecting journalists from disclosing their sources … Media lawyer Peter Barlett reviews this trend in the wake of an important Victorian decision ... more


Sources    December 10, 2015

Antonio Madafferi v The Age & Ors

Strong judgment in favour of the protection of sources … Melbourne man named as mafia boss by The Age loses bid to identify the sources for a series of stories … Journalist privilege prevails ... more


Damages    December 8, 2015

Brendan French v Michael Fraser (No 3)

Self-styled consumer advocate “The Arbitrator” ordered to pay Commonwealth Bank customer relations supremo $300,000 damages over a scurrilous campaign of internet defamation, part of “a senseless vendetta founded in madness” … more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 7, 2015

Book Review: Defamation Law

Sydney University media law academic Dr David Rolph has just published his fourth book, Defamation Law ... It is “a vital contribution, not only to the identification and clarification of defamation law, but to the law reform debate generally”, says the NSW District Court’s Defamation List Judge Judith Gibson ... more


Interlocutory/Case-Management    December 7, 2015

Justine Munsie & Ors v Shane Dowling (No 7)

The defamation action brought by Sydney media lawyer Justine Munsie, her client Seven West Media chair Kerry Stokes, and his son, will go to a final hearing after the plaintiffs succeed in having a persistent blogger’s defence struck out, again … His allegations are “scandalous” ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 6, 2015

Question Time – Lucy McCallum

NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum manages the country’s biggest defamation list and has delivered some controversial media law judgments involving journalist’s sources and the offer of amends and contextual truth defences … She agreed to expose her thinking on these issues, and much more, in this exclusive interview ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 4, 2015

“Dennis Denuto”, triviality and proportionality

Queensland’s recent “Dennis Denuto” defamation case illustrates the relationship between triviality and proportionality and highlights the lack of uniformity in Australian defamation law, says media law academic and author Dr David Rolph ... more