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Case of the Month - August 2015

When the new kid on the block took on New Zealand's incumbent accounting designation...

TRIAL BY ACCOUNTANT is now available.

 

 

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Is New Zealand the Libel World’s most plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction?

New Zealand defamation law strikingly favours plaintiffs.  Sure, the Thai monarchy could be said to enjoy a certain degree of power, in view of the 25-year prison sentence imposed earlier this year on a businessman for some Facebook musings.  But compared at least to their more temperate Common Law brothers and sisters, plaintiffs in New Zealand enjoy considerable advantages. 

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Case of the Month - June 2015

The end-of-year revue that landed in the Supreme Court...

THE SCHOOL SKIT is now available.

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Case of the Month - March 2015

One family's fight to prevent their tombstone being used in a film...

THE TOMBSTONE AND THE SPLATTER HORROR is now available

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Case of the Month - February 2015

When Waikato University's student magazine took it too far...

THE STUDENT RAG AND THE HISTORY PROFESSOR is now available.

 

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Case of the Month - January 2015

Boot-shop rivalry in 1920s Upper Hutt...

THE PLACARD WAR is now available.

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Case of the Month - December 2014

Two trials, two drivers: one accused of alcoholism; the other of dangerous conduct...

TRIAL BY BUS DRIVER is now available.

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Case of the Month - November 2014

When social-media prowess became a requisite parenting skill...

THE CASE OF THE FACEBOOK PRANK is now available.

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Case of the Month - October 2014

A French duke accused of serving human flesh to soliders...

THE DUKE OF VALLOMBROSA is now available.

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Court of Appeal Restricts Liability for Facebook Page Hosts

Last Friday afternoon, the Court of Appeal delivered judgment in Murray v Wishart. Amongst a host of issues, the Court revisited the liability for Facebook page hosts in respect of comments posted by third parties.

The High Court judgment – the decision appealed against – had held that Facebook page hosts were to be regarded as liable publishers of third parties’ defamatory comments under two circumstances:

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