The Supreme Court of Victoria has added to the growing jurisprudence regarding search engines and liability for third-party publications, including when sharing hyperlinks to that content, awarding criminal law solicitor George Defteros $40,000 in damages for defamation.
Category: Media Law
Mr George Defteros is a solicitor specialising in criminal law. He acted for a number of defendants to criminal charges arising out of Melbourne’s Gangland wars of the 80s and 90s.
He sued Google LLC for defamation arising out the results of searches made available by Google’s search engine.
The Wagner brothers, who sued the publishers of a 60 Minutes broadcast regarding the 2011 Grantham floods, have been awarded considerable damages, including aggravated damages. The judgment reminds publishers of the importance of appropriate pre-publication steps.
A recent failure by respondents in a defamation action to plead imputations of reasonable grounds for suspicion as permissible variants of the applicant’s imputations of guilt has clarified the correct approach to gradations of meaning in Australia.