Trial reports    May 9, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Trial in proceedings brought by surgeon Munjed Al Muderis against Nine Network continues ... Cross-examination of investigative journalist Charlotte Grieve continues for third day ... Asked about credibility of sources ... Denies generating complaints to regulator in hope of future stories ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Dossier    May 8, 2024

Around the courts

Federal Court ... Case management in proceedings brought by independent MP Alex Greenwich against Upper House MP Mark Latham ... Witnesses announced ... Federal Court ... Bruce Lehrmann had conditional costs agreement with solicitors ... No third party backers emerge ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    May 8, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Proceedings brought by surgeon Munjed Al Muderis against Nine Network and its papers continues ... The Age journalist Charlotte Grieve continues to be cross-examined on public interest defence ... Admits errors in timing of consequences for patient of Al Muderis ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    May 7, 2024

Munjed Al Muderis v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court ... Third tranche of hearings in proceedings brought by high profile surgeon Munjed Al Muderis against Nine Network ... Journalist Charlotte Grieve faces cross-examination ... Denies she was out of depth in reporting medical matters ... Denies reporting of wealth amounted to "grubby journalism" ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    May 7, 2024

Nassif v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd

Federal Court ... Sydney property developer Jean Nassif fails in bid to reinstate defamation proceedings against 2GB and Ray Hadley ... Followed self-executing order on failure to make stay application ... No prospect of proceeding being prosecuted in foreseeable future ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 7, 2024

Did Justice Lee get it wrong?

More on the omnishambles ... Holes in Justice Lee's Lehrmann findings on truth ... Natural and ordinary meaning of the word "rape" ... Disappearance of the ordinary reasonable reader/viewer ... Graham Hryce comments on arguable appeal points ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    May 6, 2024

Poland v Hedley (No 6)

Western Australian Supreme Court ... WA developer refused leave to replead conspiracy claim against Federal MP, staffers ... Refused leave to extend claim for development projects ... Claim now limited to defamation action ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    May 6, 2024

Tziotzis v Nine Entertainment Co Pty Ltd

Victorian Supreme Court ... Funeral director suing over broadcasts on A Current Affair alleging clothing and jewellery were not used to clothe deceased prior to burial ... Imputations of being callous and stealing ... Pleadings in improper form ... Still capable of conveying imputation of theft ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Non-publication orders    May 6, 2024

Kyle-Sailor v Heinke

Federal Court … Settlement reached by Nine and residents of Palm Island over reports of purchases made with earlier class action settlement … Non-publication order over total settlement sum sought … Court said disclosure might be necessary for deciding whether to opt out … Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports … more

 

Interlocutory/Case-Management    May 5, 2024

Richards v Hutchinson

Queensland Supreme Court ... Nine out of twelve Queensland Liberal National Party obtain summary judgment over defamation action brought over media statement published by party president, state director and media adviser ... Other office bearers not publishers ... Another action ruled out of time ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Costs    May 1, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited & Anor (Costs)

Federal Court ... Bruce Lehrmann obtains extension of time to weigh up appeal ... Parties heard on costs ... Network Ten seeks costs on indemnity basis for entirety of proceedings ... Alternative basis from rejection of offer ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 28, 2024

The silencing effect of Australia’s defamation laws

Justice Michael Lee's trauma-informed approach in Lehrmann ... Defamation trials impeding the exposure of sexual violence ... #MeToo ... Limited source material for Ten and Wilkinson's truth defence ... Luck ... Dr Sarah Ailwood comments ... more