Appeals    July 27, 2022

John Gill v HarperCollins Publishers Australia & Anor

HarperCollins Australia and ABC correspondent Steve Cannane seeking special leave to appeal to High Court over Deep Sleep case ... Seeking to appeal decision of Full Federal Court ... Grounds include challenge to ruling on Royal Commission evidence and determination of qualified privilege defence ... Case management hearing for retrial ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    July 14, 2022

Porter v Dyer

Full Court of Federal Court ... Former Attorney-General Christian Porter loses appeal over restraint on high profile defamation silk ... No error in Justice Tom Thawley's decision on restraint ... Judges differ over suppression orders on exhibits ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    June 9, 2022

Ajaka v Nine Network Pty Ltd (No. 2)

Nine Network rushes 60 Minutes story on plastic surgery clinic to air after prevailing on preliminary discovery attempt ... Court of Appeal rules that preliminary discovery not available against a person who is already a defendant in proceedings brought by the applicant ... Justice Rothman rules applicants had already decided to seek relief ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    June 5, 2022

Tucker v McKee

Former SRO officer wins Full Court appeal over federal jurisdiction for defamation claim ... Action over email initiating disciplinary process ... Enterprise agreement made under Fair Work Act ... Attracts Federal jurisdiction ... Action not colourable ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    June 5, 2022

Raghubir v Nicolopoulos

Former neighbours lose appeal in Full Federal Court ... Dispute over barking dog ... Letters allegedly sent to police, council, real estate agents ... Justice Rares rejected claim for want of jurisdiction ... Full Court finds no error ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 


Appeals    May 17, 2022

Bazzi v Dutton

Refugee activist Shane Bazzi wins appeal over finding Peter Dutton defamed by "rape apologist" tweet ... Full Court finds that tweet did not convey imputation Dutton excused rape ... Tweet to be read as a whole ... Primary judge overly reliant on dictionary definition of "apologist" ... Parties to be heard on costs ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    May 16, 2022

Roberts-Smith v Roberts

Ben Roberts-Smith loses appeal bid over attempt to cross examine former wife, Emma Roberts over access to emails ... Justice Wigney rules no substantial injustice established in Justice Bromwich's primary decision ... Decision not attended by sufficient doubt ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    April 30, 2022

Herron v HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd

Chelmsford Deep Sleep doctor wins appeal over Scientology book ... Contested imputations ... Admissibility of Royal Commission evidence ... "Dead Experts" evidence ... Qualified privilege defence nixed ... Retrial foreshadowed ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    April 20, 2022

Christian Porter v Jo Dyer & Anor

Full court hears appeal over decision to restrain Sue Chrysanthou SC from appearing for Christian Porter in defamation proceedings against ABC ... Bret Walker SC argues error in admission of second affidavit, obligations of confidentiality, misuse of information ... Michael Hodge QC argues no duty of loyalty, instead, duty of confidentiality ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    April 16, 2022

Domenic Gatto v Australian Broadcasting Corporation & Ors

Mick Gatto loses appeal over ABC online report of alleged threat to police informer, Nicola Gobbo ... Court of Appeal finds misplaced reliance on there being a uniform rule that meaning is to be found at the centre of all potential meanings .... No error found in rejecting imputations ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Appeals    April 13, 2022

Rayney v The State of Western Australia [No 4]

Former Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney fails in appeal to have damages for economic loss recalculated ... Successful in obtaining re-assessment of interest ... Failure to establish causation between defamatory statements and loss of income after Rainey was charged with murder and undertook not to practice ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more