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.
Recent defamation claims featuring colossal sums in damages show how Rebel Wilson's action against Bauer Media raised the bar.
Bauer Media has scored a significant win in its legal battle with actor Rebel Wilson, who has been ordered to repay $4.1 million -- plus interest -- of a defamation payout she was awarded in September last year.
If Australia is to overhaul its defamation legislation, the first step would be to have the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to do a full-scale inquiry.
Australia is now regarded as the libel capital of the world. But just how big is this threat to press freedom, and what exactly is in need of change?
Crikey readers respond to the death of Eurydice Dixon, and the ensuing anger from women. Plus, Rebel Wilson's amended defamation payout.
Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout of $4.5 million has now been reduced to $600,000. We asked some informed media watchers for their thoughts on the changes.
Actress Rebel Wilson has hit out at the Court of Appeals ruling that slashed her record defamation payout by $3.9 million. She plans to appeal the verdict.
The Court of Appeal has overturned Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout, slashing it by $3.9 million. Bauer Media will now only be liable to pay $600,000 to the actor.