Before you write that scathing online review, beware of defamation – Michael Douglas

20 03 2018

File 20180313 30989 1ppzbt.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Having suffered some terrible product or service, there is something darkly satisfying about publishing a scathing online review. This may not be virtuous or kind, but it can be cathartic. However, if your online review is disparaging of a person’s reputation, that person could sue you for defamation. Read the rest of this entry »

Technology and regulation must work in concert to combat hate speech online – Andre Oboler

14 03 2018
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Online bullying, hate and incitement are on the rise, and new approaches are needed to tackle them. As the Australian Senate conducts hearings for its Inquiry into cyberbullying, it should consider a two-pronged approach to combating the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Craig McLachlan, defamation and getting the balance right when sexual harassment goes to court – Rick Sarre

13 02 2018

Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2017, a selection – Suneet Sharma

26 01 2018

Inforrm reported on a large number of defamation cases from around the world in 2017. This is my selection of the most legally and factually interesting cases from England, Australia and the United States from the past year.    Read the rest of this entry »

Book review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide – Judith Gibson

30 11 2017

Just how useful is the recent UK book Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide? NSW District Court Defamation List Judge Judith Gibson examines the detail and finds much to recommend, just in time for Christmas, and beyond.

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Australia, Gayle v Fairfax, a not so surprising verdict – Graham Hryce

3 11 2017

When world views collide … As the fallout continues from the jury verdict in Chris Gayle’s defamation trial against Fairfax, media lawyer Graham Hryce suggests why it’s not so surprising that the media company went down. Read the rest of this entry »