February 12, 2018

Defamation Case Studies

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has represented clients who have made defamation claims against another as well as defending clients who have been subject to defamation claims. Read about the cases below.

Suing for Defamation Claims

Nationwide News v Vass – Appeal of ‘counter offer’ against client dismissed

This case concerned an appeal by the defendant claiming our client did not validly accept the second offer of amends as put forth by the defendant. Our firm successfully proved that our client’s acceptance of an offer was not a ‘counter offer’ and as a result the appeal was dismissed with costs. 

AJ – Defamation claim against employer

Our client filed a defamation complain against his employer after a report had been circulated around the company. The report inferred that AJ had committed acts of vandalism thus falsely imputing that he was a vandal and criminal. His employer agreed to settle and issued an apology letter.

RK v Healey & ABC – Damages awarded for false statements made against client

Aboriginal elder RK sued previous Young Australian of the Year nominee Rebecca Healey and ABC News for making false statements about alleged comments that she had made but in fact had not. The firm successfully proved that RK had never made those comments and as a result she was awarded compensation.

AMQ News article incorrectly uses client’s photo

AMQ found that a news report had published his photo when the article was about a different person. We assisted AMQ to sue the publisher and arranged a negotiation which resulted in an apology and compensation.

Defence against Defamation Claims

MXM – Defence representation in defamation settlement

We represented a news publication who was sued for defamation. We helped MXM to negotiate an effective settlement which reduced the amount of compensation that the plaintiff had asked for at trial.