Comments on a Councillor’s capabilities not honest opinion or fair comment1 June 2017 | Insurance & Health Law
The New South Wales Supreme Court has determined that a comment that a Councillor "is not a fit and proper person to be a Councillor" is defamatory, and the defences of fair comment/honest opinion do not apply. In Issue Whether the alleged...
Court of Appeal upholds decision that Newspaper must pay significant damages for defaming journalist and pay indemnity costs on the District Court scale17 May 2017 | Insurance & Health Law
The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Supreme Court of Townsville that a national Australian newspaper defamed a retired journalist by publishing an article that the journalist was "was habitually intoxicated" and lost his job as a...
Court adopts “not reasonable” test in refusing to grant an extension of the limitation period in a defamation case27 February 2017 | Insurance & Health Law
Despite a ruling that it would not have been reasonable for defamation proceedings to have been commenced within the limitation period, an extension of time was refused because not all of the subsequent delay in commencing proceedings was explained. In...
Newspaper ordered to pay significant damages for defaming former journalist24 January 2017 | Insurance & Health Law
A retired Townsville journalist was awarded $100,000 damages for compensatory and aggravated damages over allegations published in a national Australian newspaper that he was “habitually intoxicated” and lost his job as a result. .