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Month: April 2012 (Page 1 of 5)

The Supreme Court of Canada: internet defamation, choice of law and libel tourism – Antonin I Pribetic

This post is the second of a two-part series of posts on the recent Canadian conflict of laws trilogy in Club Resorts Ltd. v. Van Breda, 2012 SCC  17 (“Van Breda”); Éditions Écosociété Inc. v. Banro Corp., 2012 SCC 18 (“Banro”) and Breeden v. Black, 2012 SCC 19. (“Black”) for Internet defamation, choice of law/forum shopping and libel tourism.  In an earlier post (on the Trial Warrior Blog) I discussed the the Van Breda decision and its implications to Canadian conflict of laws generally.  Continue reading

Sir Stephen Sedley proposes statutory media regulation

The Leveson Inquiry has invited evidence and submissions from the public as well as from the Core participants.  Although not reported widely in the media, last October the recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir Stephen Sedley, made his own submission to the Leveson Inquiry. This is available on the Leveson Inquiry website [pdf].  In this submission, Sir Stephen proposes his own model of statutory regulation of the media. Continue reading

Opinion: “Rupert Murdoch’s influence: the wink stops here” – Brian Cathcart

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Rupert Murdoch’s critics, watching him testify, were no doubt thinking: “The devious old bastard. He forgets so selectively and he dissembles so artfully.” And what were Murdoch’s many admirers thinking? Almost certainly the same thing.

You have to assume that his admirers don’t put their faith or money on the Rupert in plain view. Not only is he old (and age was an issue here, not least because it entitled him to gentler treatment), but at times he appeared genuinely muddled. (Did James Callaghan ever fight an election? Who won the 1992 election?). Continue reading

Case Law Australia: Forrest v Chlanda, Estate Agent wins libel damages – Justin Castelan

The plaintiff was a real estate agent in Alice Springs, operating under the name First National Real Estate Framptons. He was also the Southern regional representative of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory. The self-represented defendants were the publishers of the Alice Spring News. The first defendant being the director and journalist who wrote the article in question and appeared at the trial. Continue reading

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