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Dossier    July 10, 2014  
Bolt out of the blue

A year after The Australian (and others) apologised to academic Barbara Ramjan for accusing her of lying when she said Tony Abbott “wall-punched” her at university, conservative commentator Andrew Bolt feels compelled to do the same ... more

Dossier    July 8, 2014   thumbnail
Top of the list

Women at the top of the Defamation List in NSW … Court reporters (mostly women) on the way out in the same jurisdiction ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 8, 2014  
Throwing the book at the Chief Judge

Information gathered by Kim Dotcom’s biographer (a journalist) is subject to New Zealand’s Privacy Act, according to a recent High Court judgment … Steven Price explains why he thinks the Chief Judge got it wrong ... more

Media Matters    July 6, 2014   thumbnail
Not the end of the hacking story

With the “one rogue reporter” defence exposed as a lie, Leveson’s recommendations stymied and the Independent Press Standards Organisation a lame substitute, Malcolm Dean looks at what remains of press accountability ... more

Imputations    July 1, 2014  
Frederick Toben v Christine Milne, Nationwide News & Ors

Holocaust denier’s appeal over imputation that he fabricated history dismissed … Nationwide News fails to have indigenous surfer’s claim struck out, as well as five imputations ... more

Media Matters    June 29, 2014   thumbnail
Twitter headache for hacking trial lawyers

Twitter proved to be an essential tool in coverage of the long-running phone hacking trial, but it was not without its problems … This report from the (UK) Press Association’s chief reporter Ellen Branagh ... more

Costs    June 27, 2014  
Bryan McMahon v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd (No 8)

A solicitor who sued Fairfax in defamation and won, has another victory, this time in relation to costs … NSW Supreme Court Justice McCallum awards indemnity costs and considers the case of the self-represented solicitor … Rebecca Gall reports … more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 26, 2014   thumbnail
Collins on defamation

Media law academic and practitioner Dr Matt Collins QC has written a new book incorporating the UK Defamation Act 2013 ... Prue Innes asked him about this, and why Australian defamation law reform lags so far behind ... more

Damages    June 25, 2014  
Aleksandra & Ljiljana Gacic & Branislav Ciric v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Matthew Evans (No 2)

Fairfax to pay over $600,000 in damages for a defamatory restaurant review published eleven years ago… NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter Hall refuses to backdate damages judgment, but awards indemnity costs … Rebecca Gall reports ... more

Appeals    June 24, 2014  
Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation v Di Masi, Belbin and Marcianao

Victoria’s Court of Appeal dismisses three appeals by a government corporation over a defamatory letter ostensibly published “for the information of the public” ... Laurence Maher reports on a decision with interesting implications for website posts ... more

Dossier    June 23, 2014   thumbnail
Hopping mad

Rabid blogger under increasingly large cloud of contempt as injunctions involving judges and lawyers are granted … Angels band members’ gothic letter of demand … Queensland criminal barrister sues over true crime book ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 18, 2014  
Patently obvious: US Supreme Court decisions

The US Supreme Court has recently delivered four important intellectual property decisions, clarifying aspects of the US Patents Act … Rocco Rinaldo summarises the key points and their ramifications ... more

Dossier    June 17, 2014   thumbnail
Big men's suits

Heavy action … Nick Di Girolamo sues Fairfax … Clive Palmer sues Queensland Premier … Joe Hockey seeks expedited hearing … ... more

Interlocutory    June 13, 2014  
Stephen Dank v Paul Whittaker (No 4)

NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum consolidates six separate actions brought by disgraced sports scientist Stephen Dank into three … Broadcaster Alan Jones loses a round in long-running racial vilification feud with Keysar Trad … Rico Jedrzejczyk reports ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 13, 2014   thumbnail
Secret trials: A little transparency, a lot to worry about

The UK Court of Appeal has decided that some parts of an upcoming terrorism trial will be open to the public … However, media law academic Lawrence McNamara finds other important aspects of the decision worrying ... more

Dossier    June 11, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Apple’s patent royalty dispute strategy backfires … Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom manages to stall US civil suits, for now … US anti-patent trolling bill unlikely to pass this year … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 10, 2014   thumbnail
Judges, cyberspace and social media

NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson looks at the vexed issues surrounding judges, courts, cyberspace and social media in a recent discussion paper prepared for the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 10, 2014  
Secret trials: Secrecy at the expense of justice

As the UK Court of Appeal considers whether to conduct a terrorism trial entirely in secret, media law academic Lawrence McNamara considers the implications for open justice in this Inforrm article ... more

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