Keywords: Defamation, defamatory material, Concerns Notice, compensation
LA, a Public Housing tenant, recently discovered defamatory material published about them in an Australian newspaper. The defamatory imputations concerned their alleged unhygienic treatment of the consecutive homes they resided in, including the false assertion that our client cost the taxpayer a certain monetary figure. The derogatory comments published about LA had an enormously significant impact on their life, further impeding their ability to obtain other public housing accommodation. The publishing team offered to remove the online matter complained of and have the legal costs for LA paid for.
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors successfully acted for LA in this matter. The Australian newspaper agreed upon removal of the factual errors in the online article, which also constituted of a published apology regarding the defamatory and derogatory remarks made against LA. Upon settlement, LA received compensation for their legal costs including an additional amount for their expenses.