‘Case Law, Australia: Chris Gayle v Fairfax Media Publications & Ors (No 2), A$300,000 in “holistic” damages’

“A$300,000 in general damages assessed ‘holistically’ over three defendants involving 28 articles … No aggravated damages … Finding of malice disregarded … Truth and qualified privilege defences defeated … Consideration of whether ‘reasonableness’ should be a matter for the judge or the jury … Criticism of closing address by plaintiff’s counsel … Basis for attack on the reliability of defence witness’s testimony … Reasons why the defendants’ application for a jury discharge was dismissed. West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages by the NSW Supreme Court for articles published by Fairfax Media in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, which claimed he exposed himself to a female massage therapist while in Australia for the World Cup in 2015 ([2018] NSWSC 1838) …” (more)

[Stephen Murray, Inforrm’s Blog, 7 December]

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