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Pesutto to face more defamation suits by organisers of anti-trans rally
Defamation 2024-03-18 11:07 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Victorian Liberal Party leader John Pesutto is facing the threat of two more defamation suits by organisers of last year’s anti-trans ‘Let Women Speak’ rally, which was crashed by neo-Nazis.

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Gadens nabs defamation partner from Banki Haddock Fiora
Business of Law 2024-03-18 3:44 pm By Sam Matthews

Law firm Gadens has strengthened its IP and defamation practice with the appointments of a partner and associate from rival Banki Haddock Fiora. 

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Brittany Higgins’ statements in $2.4M settlement deed in spotlight in Lehrmann case
Defamation 2024-03-15 11:30 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge preparing to deliver his decision in Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case against Ten has sought clarity from the TV network on submissions addressing alleged inconsistencies in Brittany Higgins’ settlement deed with the Commonwealth, querying whether the alleged rape victim should be recalled to the stand.

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Cult leader loses defamation case over tell-all book by abused member
Defamation 2024-03-06 10:44 pm By Sam Matthews

The leader of an abusive New Age cult operating out of northern NSW has lost her defamation case against a former follower who wrote a tell-all book about her experiences, after a judge found she was a “dishonest and unreliable” witness.

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Shandee Blackburn’s mum loses bid for serious harm hearing in defamation case
Defamation 2024-03-05 10:46 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The mother of murder victim Shandee Blackburn has lost her bid to have a judge decide ahead of trial whether acquitted suspect John Peros suffered serious harm from Facebook posts that allegedly accused him of being a murderer.

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Brittany Higgins’ rape claim doesn’t get more persuasive if court rejects Lehrmann’s story, his lawyers say
Defamation 2024-03-01 11:51 pm By Christine Caulfield

The court might find Bruce Lehrmann’s story implausible, but that doesn’t mean Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape is the only possible alternative to what happened in Parliament House five years ago, Lehrmann’s lawyers have told a court.

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Surgeon’s second bid for names of journalist’s sources an abuse of process, court finds
Defamation 2024-02-23 10:57 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has found that an orthopaedic surgeon’s second bid to uncover a journalist’s confidential sources in defamation proceedings against Nine is an abuse of process in light of an earlier ruling that found the sources’ identities were protected by journalists’ privilege.

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Jarryd Hayne supporter accused of spitting at alleged rape victim wins payout from Seven
Defamation 2024-02-20 10:48 am By Sam Matthews

A judge has ordered Seven Network to pay $35,000 to a man who said he was defamed by the broadcaster, finding that he “spat towards” but not at the alleged rape victim of rugby league footballer Jarryd Hayne. 

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Surgeon wins security from nose job patient appealing defamation loss
Defamation 2024-02-19 10:43 pm By Sam Matthews

A nose job patient who allegedly defamed his surgeon has been slugged with $50,000 in security for his appeal, on top of a $50,000 damages bill that a judge said the surgeon is unlikely to see.

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‘At least unwise’: Emails show silk’s reaction to Higgins’ refusal to assist Chrysanthou in defamation case
Defamation 2024-02-16 5:28 pm By Sam Matthews

Newly released emails show a prominent silk describing Brittany Higgins’ refusal to assist Lisa Wilkinson’s barrister Sue Chrysanthou as “at the least unwise”, amid a dispute over the TV presenter’s decision to hire her own legal team in Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case. 

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