Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper

Local newspaper published article against former Liberal MP In 2016 a local newspaper Benalla Ensign published an article alleging that former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella had “pushed” her political opponent, MP Cathy McGowan, out of a photo opportunity with MP Ken Wyatt at a nursing home. Mrs Mirabella approached the newspaper, Ms McGowan and Mr Read more about Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper[…]

The Right to be Forgotten… Should it Exist in Australia?

Have you ever had an image, video or post about you that you prayed would never go viral? The reality is that the widespread use of the Internet means that such content spreads like wildfire. Some of this content can be extremely personal and cause more harm than just embarrassment. In May 2014 the European Read more about The Right to be Forgotten… Should it Exist in Australia?[…]

U.S. radio host sued for defamatory statements made regarding 2012 school shooting

The parents of two children killed in a Connecticut school shooting in 2012 have filed defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, the radio host of InfoWars, for allegedly making false statements about the incident. It has been alleged that Mr Jones made statements that the shooting, where 20 children and six adults died, was a “hoax” Read more about U.S. radio host sued for defamatory statements made regarding 2012 school shooting[…]

Actors make Defamation Claims against Newspapers for #metoo Inspired Sexual Assault Allegations

Sexual harassment allegations against two prominent actors, Geoffrey Rush and Craig McLachlan, have made prominent headlines in major newspapers. Both actors have denied the allegations and initiated defamation proceedings against the newspapers. The Case of Geoffrey Rush Late last year, the Daily Telegraph published articles alleging that actor Geoffrey Rush “inappropriately” touched a female colleague Read more about Actors make Defamation Claims against Newspapers for #metoo Inspired Sexual Assault Allegations[…]

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has had a remarkable year in 2017. We are proud of the wide range of successes that we’ve had this year that span from our involvement in Royal Commissions to our successful outcomes for clients in both criminal and civil cases and our pro bono work. A year filled with Read more about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review[…]

Defamation: Recreation for the Rich or a Tool for the Powerless?

Joe Hockey’s short-lived “victory” of $200,000 in damages – awarded in his defamation suit against Fairfax – was last week dwarfed by a costs order requiring Fairfax to pay just 15% of his legal costs. Graham Hryce, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, estimated that this would leave Hockey approximately $650,000 behind. Hockey has asserted Read more about Defamation: Recreation for the Rich or a Tool for the Powerless?[…]

ABC Defamed Aboriginal Elder

MEDIA RELEASE ABC DEFAMED ABORIGINAL ELDER In a Judgment delivered in the Northern Territory Supreme Court late yesterday Justice Dean Mildren found that the ABC and former Country Liberal Party candidate Rebecca Healy had defamed highly respected Aboriginal Elder Mrs Rosalie Kunoth-Monks. Miss Healy was present on Australia Day 2012 when a number of protestors Read more about ABC Defamed Aboriginal Elder[…]