Case Law, Australia, Papaconstuntinos v Holmes a Court, Qualified privilege, Holmes a Court wins in High Court – Justin Castelan

22 12 2012

papa1Given that this year AFL Football and cricket have graced the Australian courts with fantastic defamation cases about talk shows, lurid affairs and sordid match-fixing claims, it seems only natural that Rugby League would eventually be selected as well.  And so it was. The High Court gave leave to appeal (still not sure why) and heard the appeal relating to the financially struggling South Sydney Rabbitohs and the feuding enemies who jousted for positions on the Club’s Board in March 2006 ([2012] HCA 53). In the one corner was the plaintiff, Tony Papaconstuntinos, or Mr Papa for short, who was a director of the Club and also employed by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (“CFMEU”). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Libel Damages of £65,000 awarded against “Daily Mail”

22 12 2012

Mrs Justice SharpIn a judgment handed down yesterday, Mrs Justice Sharp awarded management consultant Andrew Miller libel damages of £65,000 against the Daily Mail over an allegation that there reasonable grounds to suspect that he was a willing beneficiary of improper conduct and cronyism  ([2012] EWHC 3721 (QB)). The judgment was given nearly 7 months after the conclusion of the 5 day trial on 25 May 2012. Read the rest of this entry »