Record damages awarded to Rebel Wilison in defamation case

The Supreme Court of Victoria awarded Rebel Wilson damages of $4,567,472 which is not only a record, but may have an immediate impact on how celebrity gossip magazines operate in Australia.

Reported in the Australian online edition of The Guardian, 13 September 2017

Our comment: Although the record damages award may catch the public’s attention, the importance of the Supreme Court’s decision can be found in Justice Dixon’s reasons which contain a considered and detailed examination of the legal principles relating to the assessment of damages in defamation cases. What is clear from the reasons is that damage to a person’s reputation can produce a significant loss in a number of different and possibly unexpected ways.

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