Case Law, Australia: Jones & Australian Shareholder Centre PL v Aussie Networks PL & Eiby, Share trader’s defamation claims collapse – Justin Castelan

18 11 2018

The first defendant owned and ran an internet forum, Aussie Stock Forums, used to discuss topics related to the stock market and investments. The second defendant was its sole director and shareholder. He left a comment on the forum in response to a request for information about Australian Shareholder Centre PL (ASC), who, together with its owner, Mr Jones, ultimately sued him and the website owner for defamation, injurious falsehood and misleading or deceptive conduct in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Moroney v Zegers, Lying defamation defendant shot down by Sporting Shooters – Justin Castelan

12 09 2018

For a short time in 2012, Karel Zegers was the Acting President of the Victorian branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (“SSAAV”). His position on the Board was up for election in August that year and he decided to set up a website to run his campaign: shootersvictoria.com.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Pahuja v TCN Channel Nine, Channel Nine’s “disgraceful” story, $300,000 damages – Justin Castelan

10 08 2018

Sunil Pahuja migrated to Australia at 27, did a Masters in accounting and developed a business installing solar panels. He knew many people in the Indian community and was to become the perfect example of a person who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia, Trkulja v Google LLC, The return of Trkulja, Episode IV – Justin Castelan

27 06 2018

The Trkulja defamation franchise is into its fourth instalment, with the latest victory against the Google Empire coming with a stirring outcome arising from Mr Trkulja’s debut appearance in the High Court ([2018] HCA 25). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Milne v Ell, Tweed Shire Mayor gets revenge threefold – Justin Castelan

21 06 2017

Property developer, William Robert Ell sued Tweed Shire Councillor, Katie Milne in defamation in 2014. He sued over a letter to the editor which Ms Milne had written about a contentious building development conducted by Mr Ell. While Mr Ell did not attend the trial, he won the case and was awarded damages of $15,000 plus costs. The decision was handed down on 7 March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Defteros v Google Inc, Melbourne defamation lawyer loses to Google – Justin Castelan

14 05 2017

Google Australia Pty Ltd – it looks like Google, smells like Google and it very much tries to act like it is not Google. For several years there have been several people who have all tried to sue Google Australia or Google New Zealand or Google UK, perhaps trying to get a local defendant when it is Google Incin America that produces the search results which they complain about. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Hardie v Herald and Weekly Times, Strip club owner is no brothel madam – Justin Castelan

2 06 2016

Club-RawhideIn the case of Hardie v Herald  and Weekly Times ([2016]  VSCA 103), the plaintiff, Ms Raelene Hardie, was a part owner and manager of a strip club in rural Victoria called “Club Rawhide”. On 16 May 2013, the Herald Sun ran an article written by Andrew Rule, a journalist, on its front page and on page 4. Read the rest of this entry »