Defamation Articles

Defamation Damages for Internet Abuse

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In a celebrated recent case, a self-appointed ‘avenger’ styling himself as “The Arbitrator”, complete with website and blog, decided to go on a one-man crusade against Australia’s banks.  Fair enough, you might think – the internet can empower the weak against the strong.  But such power, like all power, should not be abused. The case… Read more »

Since our June 2015 article, ‘Internet Defamation – Sexy Photos, Lies & Broken Promises’, where we spoke of difficulties in having defamatory material removed from the world wide web, a decision of the SA Supreme Court in Duffy v Google Inc has been delivered (27 October 2015), which is instructive. In that case, various persons… Read more »

Recently, this firm successfully helped a client to demand the removal of a defamatory blog from the internet by the server company.  This is easier said than done, for in the world of the internet, complex legal questions arise as to where publication occurred, where proceedings can be brought and whether an internet server can… Read more »

Defamation Damages

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If a person has been the victim of slander or libel, a claim for damages can be brought. Whilst the Courts will not order a defendant to apologise, it is obviously good policy to apologise as soon as possible and the Courts take this into account when awarding damages (see also the article Apology Can… Read more »

Apology Can Reduce Defamation Damages

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Whether you are slandered in the Pub, libeled in the newspapers or someone sledges you by mistake, you have rights at law to protect your reputation – as long as the defamatory remark isn’t true of course.  However, just because a nasty remark is not true, does not necessarily mean it is defamatory. A person… Read more »