Compensation for defamation following false imputations of criminal activity: BPS

news outlets setting up cameras for media conferenceDefamation: Man sues news outlets for false imputations

BPS claimed compensation for defamation from several prominent Australian news outlets.

The news outlets had run a story regarding the arrest of a Mr. QTX for conspiring to import substantial quantities of drugs into Australia. In that story they had featured images from an old television commercial that discussed QTX’s successful immigration story. This commercial featured images of QTX, but also images of BPS. The story the news outlets ran showed the images of BPS and said that he was QTX. This gave the impression that BPS was the man arrested for conspiring to import substantial quantities of drugs into Australia

The stories falsely suggested that BPS was a criminal, and therefore, they were defamatory. He had concern about the effect of the stories on his future career and his young children.

Our defamation lawyers negotiate a settlement with the publishers

BPS successfully resolved his claims on the basis of confidential settlement. Based on this settlement, he received compensation from the multiple news publishers for the harm suffered. They removed the defamatory material from circulation. Multiple organisations issued apologies to BPS and his family for any embarrassment and distress caused.

Ensuring no blemish remained to his name, the apologies articulated that the commercial footage had been used incorrectly. They also made clear that BPS was not involved in any way in QTX’s arrest.

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  • falsely imputing that person had been involved in a crime.