Recent Cases

Rader v Haines [2022] NSWCA 198 (05 October 2022) (Macfarlan and Brereton JJA, Basten AJA)


DEFAMATION – Requirement of “serious harm” to reputation under Defamation Act 2013 (UK), s 1 – Limited publication – Time at which harm falls to be determined – Relevance of duration of period of harm – Relevance of delay in complaint and commencement of proceedings – Whether imputation regarding specific instance of conduct supports general imputation – Whether Court is required to determine that each conveyed imputation is defamatory in nature – Primary judge’s conclusion that serious harm threshold not satisfied upheld

DEFAMATION – Defences – Common law qualified privilege – Where matter complained of was an email sent to complainant’s parents by his ex-wife’s parents regarding family matters – Defining of privileged occasion – Relevance of conveyed imputations to occasion – Whether privilege lost by publication being actuated by malice