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 »





Case Law, Australia: Dods v McDonald, Barrister’s Internet Defamation, he fought the law and the law won – Justin Castelan

22 05 2016

DodsDuring the evening of 11 December 2008, Tyler Cassidy, a 15 year old boy had stolen two large knives from Kmart at Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, near All Nations Park. He moved through the shopping centre, its shops and car park, threating people with the knives and demanding that the police be called. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dank v Nationwide News Pty Ltd: Twenty days in Stephen Dank’s defamation trial but Zero Damages – Justin Castelan

5 04 2016

DankSince 2013, the Australian sporting landscape has been dominated, not by any particularly amazing footballer, cricketer or athlete. No, it has been dominated by Stephen Dank – “sports scientist”. He is the man responsible for bringing into the Australian consciousness a range of strange sounding peptides, unknown Mexican amino acids and apparently useful horse supplements. He also brought them into the bloodstreams of elite sportsmen across different footballing codes in different states and for different teams. Read the rest of this entry »