Case Law, Australia: O’Reilly v Edgar, Fact free Facebook Posts, $250,000 damages – Gabrielle Hunter

24 03 2019

In the case of O’Reilly v Edgar ([2019] QSC 24) the Supreme Court of Queensland awarded Kelvin O’Reilly, the CEO of a go-kart racing organisation, $270 658.71 in damages, including aggravated damages, for defamatory posts by a Facebook troll. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Specialist Media Barristers’ Chambers One Brick Court announces dissolution

20 03 2019

One Brick Court, the long established set of specialist media law barristers has announced today that it is to dissolve, with effect from 24 June 2019. The set has explained that the dissolution is due to “recent unexpected departures and a retirement“. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Denis O’Brien’s libel case against the Sunday Business Post should never have reached the High Court – Eoin O’Dell

10 03 2019

In last week’s Sunday Business Post (as trailed on the front cover, here; element right), I have an OpEd [doc] in which I argue that O’Brien’s case should never have reached the High Court, and that the Department of Justice needs to publish its review of the Defamation Act as soon as possible (you can download it below). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Grayling v North, Brexiteer ordered to pay philosopher £20,000 in libel damages for paedophile tweet – Iain Wilson

9 03 2019

Peter North, former UKIP parliamentary candidate and founder of the Brexit-supporting Leave Alliance, has been ordered to pay philosopher and academic AC Grayling £20,000 in libel damages after tweeting an allegation that Professor Grayling was in possession of child pornography. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Australia: Rearranging the deckchairs – Judith Gibson

7 03 2019

The Council of Attorneys General Review of Model Defamation Discussion Paper was released on 25 February 2019. The Discussion Paper sets out a list of 18 questions, as a guide to the areas of interest to be discussed, and invites submissions, which are due by April 30, 2019. Read the rest of this entry »





An allegation of dishonesty: A statement of fact or the expression of opinion? – Tom Double

6 03 2019

In a number of recent libel cases, the court has encouraged parties to apply prior to the service of a defence for a preliminary issue trial where the meaning of the words complained of is in dispute. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Australia: Round One, Lots to discuss – Janek Drevikovsky

2 03 2019

On 26 February 2019 the Council of Attorneys General released a discussion paper on Australia’s defamation laws, part of the process of reforming the uniform national scheme. Read the rest of this entry »