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The Wigs Podcast episode on Voller High Court decision

Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien and Senior Defamation Solicitor Stewart O’Connell feature on the latest episode of the The Wigs podcast to discuss the latest High Court result. The High Court recently handed down a decision in favour of Dylan Voller, who is a client of O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors. Talking shop on the Wigs …

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The Wigs Podcast episode on Voller High Court decision

High Court backs Dylan Voller and dismisses media appeal

MEDIA RELEASE – 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 In an historic decision, the High Court today dismissed the appeals of Fairfax, Nationwide News and Australian News Channel, finding that they were rightly held to be responsible as publishers of defamatory third-party comments on their respective Facebook pages. In July 2017, Dylan Voller commenced proceedings against the three …

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BREAKING HIGH COURT DISMISSES MEDIA'S APPEAL IN VOLLER DEFAMATION CASE

Politicians opting to sue for defamation in Federal Court

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has launched defamation proceedings in the Federal Court against both YouTuber FriendlyJordies, and the Internet giant Google. Barilaro joins the likes of Christian Porter, Sarah Hanson-Young and Peter Dutton, who have opted to file in the judge-only court. Filed last week, Mr Barilaro claims he was defamed by Mr Jordan …

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Politicians opting to sue for defamation in the Federal Court

The Media v Voller – The High Court Hearing

The matter of Fairfax Media, Nationwide News and Australian News Channel against Dylan Voller made its way up to the High Court of Australia on Tuesday 18 May. Almost four years since Mr Voller filed his defamation claim against the media companies, the full bench of the High Court heard the matter. In legal speak, …

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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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Nine apologises to John Hewson following defamation settlement

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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$150K awarded for social media trolling in defamation case

Two women have been ordered to pay a combined total of $150,000 for 10 social media posts they made about a wedding planner. On Facebook and Google Reviews, Kellie Smith, 32, and Stacey Isaac, 33, made claims about wedding planner Tristan Moy. The claims included that she tried to ruin her client’s weddings, she bullied …

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