For all the publicity that a Geoffrey Rush or Rebel Wilson case attracts, the vast majority of defamation suits are small, wasteful and often result in outcomes disproportionate to their social value.
Accusations of bias. Witness X revealed. Tactical ploys ahead of special damages. This thing is far from done.
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson attacked the New York Times and social media platforms in making the annual Keith Murdoch oration in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Outside court, Eryn Jean Norvill, decked in purple, said she stood by her evidence at trial and called for change in her industry.
The Rush case points to a deeper problem and a systemic misunderstanding about the issues that drive complicity in sexual harassment and assault cases.
As Rush stands accused afresh, each side (and the media) must calculate what to throw at their fight.
Defamation law in Australia continues to deny the public from hearing the truth. In this, Australia could take a page from the US Supreme Court.
In his opening statement to a room packed with media, Rush's barrister made clear he would be seeking large damages.