Topic archives: defamation actions

What the Hockey judgment means for Twitter

What the Hockey judgment means for Twitter

October 7, 2015 4

Are tweets part of a story? Are they journalism or advertising? The Hockey-Fairfax case opens a whole new can of worms for journalists in the digital age.

Defamation costs Fairfax half a million

Defamation costs Fairfax half a million

September 1, 2015

It's been a bad week for Fairfax and its lawyers, with two defamation cases going against it.

Bad judgment: Hockey defamation case a costly mistake

Bad judgment: Hockey defamation case a costly mistake

July 23, 2015 16

Hockey has fallen off his "tiger", writes Nicholas Pullen, a Melbourne-based partner with HWL Ebsworth, specialising in media and defamation law.

<em>Tele</em> misidentifies lawyer as ‘female companion’ of ‘homegrown extremists’

Tele misidentifies lawyer as ‘female companion’ of ‘homegrown extremists’

July 15, 2015 6

The Daily Telegraph gravely misrepresented a Muslim lawyer on page 4. Now the paper has apologised ... on page 53.

Aussie journo Alan Morison an inspiration to us all

Aussie journo Alan Morison an inspiration to us all

July 14, 2015 1

Alan Morison is facing up to seven years in a Thai prison for reporting on one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

Press Council slams litigious pollies

Press Council slams litigious pollies

July 1, 2015 2

David Weisbrot says a defamation action should be a 'last port of call' for a politician.

Sorry the most expensive word: Age apologises in front-page splash

Sorry the most expensive word: Age apologises in front-page splash

March 4, 2015 1

Fairfax has issued a possibly unprecedented front-page apology to the Melbourne teenager the paper misidentified as a terrorism suspect.

Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation

Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation

January 28, 2015 8

For all our politicians profess a love of free speech, here are some of our elected representatives who decided to cash in on a media that might have been a little too free ...

Media briefs: Coco Roco saga… Carey sticks around… News v Mail …

Media briefs: Coco Roco saga… Carey sticks around… News v Mail …

June 10, 2014 1

Is the Mail Online stealing News Corp's stories? And other media tidbits of the day...

Will Scott’s apology dog ABC comedians and screw Aunty’s ACMA case?

Will Scott’s apology dog ABC comedians and screw Aunty’s ACMA case?

April 15, 2014 8

Eight months after defending the ABC's right to air a controversial skit, MD Mark Scott is saying it should never have aired. What prompted his decision, and what does it mean?

The octogenarian no-win, no-fee lawyer draining media coffers

The octogenarian no-win, no-fee lawyer draining media coffers

November 12, 2013 7

Defamation lawyer Clive Evatt has media editors trembling in their boots, and he's not afraid to embark on multi-year cases that end up in the High Court. But is he a friend to the battler, or just a provocateur?

Kroger defo case revives stories of Abbott’s uni past

Kroger defo case revives stories of Abbott’s uni past

December 3, 2012 22

Back when Barbara Ramjan told the media that Tony Abbott punched the wall next to her head in 1977, key Liberal figure Michael Kroger accused her of lying. Ramjan's now suing Kroger for defamation.

Farmer: suing is a funny thing to do when you’re not fussed

February 16, 2011 4

I've had a few run-ins with the defamation laws during my 50 years in journalism from the frivolous to the painfully expensive.

What was left unsaid in reporting the Lewincamp defamation

July 29, 2008

The payout was big, but bigger was what the Lewincamp judgment said about the conduct of The Bulletin's journalism, writes Jane Nethercote.