Case Law, Australia: Raynor v Murray, Torrid times at the Watermark flats – Gabrielle Hunter

4 06 2019

In the case of Raynor v Murray ([2019] NSWDC 189) the District Court of NSW ordered Patricia Murray, a tenant of Manly residential flats known as “Watermark”, to pay damages of $120,000 to the chairman of the building’s strata committee for a defamatory email regarding an unlocked mailbox. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Allen v Times Newspapers, Meaning determination in “Grenfell” libel claim – Oscar Davies

28 05 2019

In the case of Allen v Times Newspapers Ltd [2019] EWHC 1235 (QB) Warby J found that an article concerning Mark Allen, described as a ‘Grenfell cladding boss’, bore a defamatory meaning which was different from that contended for by the parties. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court: Damages against four newspapers awarded to “Police Notice” biker over false impersonation claims

19 05 2019

In a Statement in Open Court [pdf] read before Warby J on 16 May 2019 it was recorded that a motorcycle enthusiast had won libel claims against four national newspapers that had falsely claimed he attempted to deceive the public into believing he was a police officer. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Chau v Fairfax Media Publications PL, Philanthropist Wins Round One – Justin Castelan

4 05 2019

Dr Chau Chak Wing is a wealthy Chinese-born Australian citizen. He has extensive business interests in China and is a very generous philanthropist. He has donated enormous sums of money to a number of universities and public institutions in Australia, as well as having made donations to the main political parties in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law Update: Five recent media law judgments

25 04 2019

In the last week of the Hilary Legal Term, after our last weekly round up, five media law judgments were handed down.  Two by the Court of Appeal and three at first instance.  These deal with a number of important issues, particularly in the field of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





Geoffrey Rush’s victory in his defamation case could have a chilling effect on the #MeToo movement – Karen O’Connell

16 04 2019

The decision in Geoffrey Rush v Nationwide News, handed down today in Australia’s federal court, is the first – and so far, only – legal determination of a case associated with the #MeToo movement in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »





Supreme Court considers social media defamation: context is everything – Iain Wilson

11 04 2019

Some practitioners were surprised that Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17 reached the country’s highest court.  The appeal concerned the meaning (or imputation) of words in a libel action. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law:  Stocker v Stocker, Supreme Court overturns Judge on meaning of “tried to strangle” – Oliver Cox

5 04 2019

On 3 April 2019 the Supreme Court gave its judgment in Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17. The five Supreme Court judges (Lord Reed, Lord Kerr, Lady Black, Lord Briggs and Lord Kitchin) unanimously overturned the 12 February 2018 Court of Appeal decision given by Lady Justice Sharp, Lord Justice McFarlane and Sir John Laws ([2018] EWCA Civ 170). Read the rest of this entry »





A closer look at the public interest defence – Jessica Lovell

3 04 2019

Section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”) gives defendants who have published material concerning matters of public interest a defence to an action for defamation.  The archetypal defendant in this context would usually be a professional journalist who has published a piece of investigative journalism.

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Politicians suing for defamation is usually a bad idea: here’s why – Michael Douglas

29 03 2019

File 20190318 28487 aa8az9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When The Project host Waleed Aly began his editorial in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, he apologised that “these won’t be my best words”. Read the rest of this entry »