Defamation law

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Clive Palmer and Mark McGowan ordered to pay damages to each other in defamation case
Federal court rules Palmer pay WA premier $20,000, while United Australia party chair is awarded $5,000 after both found liable for defamation

Paul Karp

02, Aug, 2022 @6:12 AM

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Wagatha Christie: big-budget drama joins race to bring libel trial to screen
Poldark creator among writers and film-makers lining up to reconstruct spat between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney

Vanessa Thorpe

31, Jul, 2022 @7:22 AM

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Awarding $248,000 in legal costs would be a ‘windfall’ for Shane Bazzi, Peter Dutton warns
Opposition leader and refugee activist are in a dispute over costs after Bazzi won defamation case in full federal court

Paul Karp

28, Jul, 2022 @10:53 PM

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‘Wagatha Christie’ trial: verdict due in Vardy v Rooney libel case
Judge to release ruling in battle of footballers’ wives over Instagram leak allegation

Jim Waterson

28, Jul, 2022 @3:32 PM

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Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial laid bare the brutal reality of Australia’s decades-long war in Afghanistan – now the ex-soldier awaits judgment
While costs of about $25m and possibly millions in damages are at stake, the trial also has existential implications for Australian journalism

Ben Doherty

27, Jul, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Ben Roberts-Smith’s year-long defamation trial against three newspapers concludes
Ex-soldier’s barrister tells court that reporters ‘jumped on rumours’, while newspapers’ counsel alleges Roberts-Smith ‘prepared to lie under oath’

Ben Doherty

27, Jul, 2022 @6:09 AM

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Defence force documents disprove allegation Ben Roberts-Smith killed teenager in Afghanistan, defamation trial hears
Former soldier’s lawyer says defence documents show teenager was released unharmed but newspapers say they are not accurate

Ben Doherty

26, Jul, 2022 @8:23 AM

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Evidence of Afghan witnesses against Ben Roberts-Smith ‘hardly neutral’, lawyer tells court
Lawyers for Ben Roberts-Smith urge Justice Besanko to disregard evidence of Afghan witnesses, saying the men were prejudiced against Australian soldiers

Ben Doherty

25, Jul, 2022 @10:06 AM

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‘Fanciful, nonsense’: case against Ben Roberts-Smith ‘based on conjecture’, lawyer tells defamation trial
Former soldier’s barrister says newspapers accusing him of murders while part of SAS ‘failed to establish any motive’ and the case is ‘an embarrassment’

Ben Doherty

22, Jul, 2022 @6:38 AM

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Ben Roberts-Smith allegedly attempted to ‘intimidate’ witnesses, lawyers for newspapers tell defamation trial
In closing submissions newspapers’ counsel claims alleged actions are forceful indicators of Roberts-Smith’s ‘consciousness of guilt’

Ben Doherty

21, Jul, 2022 @10:17 AM

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Ben Roberts-Smith ‘prepared to lie under oath’, newspapers’ lawyer tells defamation trial
Barrister for newspapers tells court former soldier was either an ‘architect or knowing beneficiary of … dishonest collusion’, in closing submissions

Ben Doherty

20, Jul, 2022 @8:11 AM

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Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial hears Australian SAS soldiers ‘turned a blind eye’ to alleged war crimes
In closing submissions, newspapers’ lawyer accuses several of Roberts-Smith’s witnesses of ‘outright dishonesty’

Ben Doherty

19, Jul, 2022 @8:46 AM

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