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Dossier    July 24, 2014  
After Leveson

Visiting UK media law academic Dr Paul Wragg explains why press regulation reform is effectively nowhere 18 months after the Leveson Report… College of Law (Sydney) to host breakfast seminar on recent developments in Australian media law ... more

Contempt    July 22, 2014   thumbnail
Justine Munsie & Kerry Stokes v Shane Dowling

Acting Justice Henric Nicholas declares blogger Shane Dowling guilty of contempt … Another round to media proprietor Kerry Stokes and his lawyer Justine Munsie in long-running battle to halt defamatory posts ... more

Privilege    July 20, 2014  
SRJ v Person(s) Unknown & D. & Co

UK High Court refuses to order identification of a blog author… Legal professional privilege upheld for all parties … This report from Media Lawyer’s Mike Dodd ... more

Dossier    July 18, 2014   thumbnail
Corby watch

The Corby family files fresh proceedings against Channel Ten and Steve Price over comments on The Project ... And has a comprehensive win on appeal over “drug syndicate” imputations struck out by Justice Christine Adamson ... more

Privilege    July 18, 2014  
Vincent Stanizzo v Maria Sassu & Ors

Solicitor goes through affidavits before alleging defamatory statements were made about him in a legal wrangle over a will …. NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson summarily dismisses the claim … Rebecca Gall reports … more

Trial reports    July 17, 2014   thumbnail
Amir Bodenstein v Hope Street Urban Compassion & George Vlamakis

An unusual case brought by a homeless man against a Baptist charity organisation takes an unusual course as NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson visits the scene of the alleged defamation … Nina Ubaldi reports … more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 16, 2014  
Open courts: Who guards the guardians?

In this paper, presented at the Open Justice seminar organised by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Philip Cummins QC examines the conflict between open courts legislation and a judicial culture of suppression … more

Contempt    July 15, 2014   thumbnail
Justine Munsie & Kerry Stokes v Shane Dowling

Blogger admits he breached non-publication orders but tells the court he doesn’t believe he’s guilty … Acting Justice Henric Nicholas wrestles with all manner of inconsistencies in a contempt hearing full of contempt for the system ... more

Dossier    July 15, 2014  
IP news, here and there

First award of “additional damages” in Australian trademark dispute … Singapore passes ISP level blocking laws … US anti-troll bill progresses, slowly … Rocco Rinaldo reports … more

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

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