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Nine apologises to John Hewson following defamation settlement

Channel Nine has apologised to former Liberal leader John Hewson following a defamation action that his lawyers filed in the Federal Court last year. Just days before the trial was to commence, the parties dispensed with proceedings by entering into a confidential settlement. Channel Nine have since made the following apology Dr Hewson on their …

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O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors instructed to vigorously defend defamation claims from Dutton

MEDIA RELEASE 27 April 2021 O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have been instructed to vigorously defend defamation proceedings brought by the Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton, against our client, Shane Bazzi. Mr Bazzi expressed an honest opinion on Twitter that Peter Dutton was a “rape apologist”. This opinion was based on a number of publicly …

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Lithgow Council Manager v WIN News: Defence of Qualified Privilege prevails in defamation case

A recent defamation case in the NSW Court of Appeal held in the favour of WIN News after a city council manager sued the media company over a report of his termination. Roger Bailey was the General Manager of Lithgow City Council (“the Council”). On 19 October 2016, a majority vote of the Council terminated …

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Defamation defence of qualified privilege prevails

High Court to hear appeal from major media over Facebook comments about Dylan Voller

Three major media companies have won their chance to appeal the Dylan Voller defamation case, which sets down a precedent of media companies being held responsible for defamatory comments made on their Facebook page. This morning, the bench granted Nationwide News, Fairfax and Australian News Channel the opportunity to have their arguments heard in the …

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Defamation Reforms

NSW Parliament passes legislation to change defamation laws The NSW Government recently approved amendments to current defamation laws. The new laws will change how the practice of defamation operates. While the new bill is yet to be enacted into legislation, it’s important to be aware of the changes coming. WHAT IS DEFAMATION? Defamation occurs when …

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Man holding tweet sign: New defamation laws and how they affect you

Successful Outcome in Preliminary Defamation Proceedings

A potentially defamatory “Australian” article In February 2019, The Australian published several online and print versions of an article entitled “NDIS provider did time for fraud“. The articles described Ms. McPhee, an individual with previous fraud convictions. The article explained that Ms. McPhee was the current “chief” of a Registered Service Provider for the NDIS  …

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Appeal court finds that media companies are publishers of third party Facebook comments

MEDIA RELEASE – 1 JUNE 2020 The NSW Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, today released its decision in the matter of Fairfax, Nationwide News and Australian News Channel v Voller. In the first case of its kind in this country, this is a landmark decision that will alter the face of how social media is …

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Perth man lodges $350,000 defamation claim over Slack group chat comments

Perth man and operator of E-Station, a supplier of EV (electric vehicle) charging equipment, Patrick Finnegan, is suing for defamation as a result of three mens’ comments via the through the business social media outlet Slack.  Mr. Finnegan is seeking a claim of $350,000 in general damages as well as aggravated and special damages through …

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“Stay Clear of This Place!”: Cheng v Lok, a successful defamation suit against an erroneous Google Review

How badly can a negative, and wholly inaccurate, Google review affect your reputation and business? Can the law properly protect your reputation in the age of anonymous, online publication? These very contemporary questions was the subject of Cheng v Lok 1 , a recent defamation action brought by Adelaide barrister Gordon Cheng (in an unaccustomed …

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