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13-12-16 Wu v Moncur and ors [2016] NZHC 3017
Woolford J
High Court
Auckland
Trial Alleged defamations in posts on chinese-language websites and in Truth - identification - honest opinion - translations  Judgment
13-12-16 Opai v Culpan and anor [2016] NZHC 3004
Bell AJ
High Court
Auckland
Interlocutory Publication - meanings - minimum threshold of harm - Jameel - aggravated damages and vicarious liability of Crown - punitive damages and vicarious liability of Crown - honest opinion and vicarious liability - qualified privilege - pleadings practice

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Costs judgment

13-12-16 Opai v Culpan and anor [2016] NZHC 3005
Bell AJ
High Court
Auckland
Interlocutory Discovery - scope of electronic search terms

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13-12-16 Opai v Culpan and anor [2016] NZHC 3006
Bell AJ
High Court
Auckland
Media application News reporting - close of pleadings date Judgment
23-11-16 Craig v Stringer [2016] NZHC 2808
Gendall J
High Court
Christchurch
Interlocutory Application by D for review of interlocutory decision by Associate Judge relating to refusal of discovery order - application by D for trial by jury

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31-10-16 Memelink v Grindlay and anor [2016] NZHC 2589
Collins J
High Court
Wellington
Trial Defamatory meaning - truth - nominal damages Judgment
19-10-16 Williams v Craig *
[2016] NZHC 2496 
Katz J
High Court
Auckland
Trial Ruling
Applications by P and D for post-evidence ruling on availability of qualified privilege Judgment
11-10-16 Sellman and ors v Slater and ors  [2016] NZHC 2415
Palmer J
High Court
Auckland
Interlocutory HCR: r 4.56: Ds' application to join additional defendants to proceeding  

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15-09-16 Russell v Matthews [2016] NZDC 17743
DCJ Ingram
District Court
Tauranga
Interlocutory Jameel abuse - Defamation Act 1992: ss 39, 41: application by defendant for leave to file notices out of time Judgment
15-09-16 Sax v McLay [2016] NZDC 17761
DCJ Ingram
District Court
Tauranga
Interlocutory DCR: r 15.1: D's strike-out application -Slander - requirement to plead actual words used  Judgment
25-08-16 Noble and anor v Aharoni and ors  [2016] NZHC 1995
Ellis J
High Court
Wellington
Interlocutory review  Ds' review of interim injunction ordered without notice - threshold for interim injunctions  against non-media defendants Judgment
22-08-16 Craig v Stringer [2016] NZHC 1956
Matthews AJ
High Court
Christchurch
Interlocutory

Applications (by both P and D) for further and better discovery - claim by P for journalistic privilege under s 68 Evidence Act 2006 - D's application for non-party discovery - P's application to add additional (post-filing) causes of action - P's application to serve further interrogatories - P's application to strike out all or part of D's statement of defence

Judgment
05-08-16 Lupton v Fairfax NZ Ltd and anor * [2016] NZHC 1801
Smith AJ 
High Court
Wellington
Interlocutory P's application to strike out defences of statutory qualified privilege and common-law qualified privilege - whether letter from Health and Disability Commissioner resolving complaint about practitioner amounts to an "official report" giving rise to statutory qualified privilege - whether generic "public interest" common-law qualified privilege applies in NZ  Judgment
01-08-16 Kim v Cho [2016] NZHC 1771, [2016] NZAR 1134
Courtney J
High Court
Auckland
Trial (by formal proof) Formal proof in defamation proceedings (where defendant takes no steps to defend proceeding and plaintiff seeks judgment by default) - meanings - general damages - punitive damages Judgment
29-06-16 Williams v Craig and ors [2016] NZHC 1453
Toogood J
High Court
Auckland
Interlocutory D1's application for non-party discovery - whether document at issue privileged under s 56 Evidence Act 2006 (whether document made for dominant purpose of preparing for proceeding or apprehended proceeding) Judgment
23-05-16 Arnold v Fairfax NZ Ltd and anor [2016] NZHC 1078
Clifford J
High Court
Wellington
Interlocutory HCR: r 15.23: P's application for costs in respect of D2's discontinued counterclaim Judgment
13-05-16 Gatland and ors v Fairfax NZ Ltd and anor * [2016] NZHC 970
Toogood J
High Court
Auckland
Interlocutory HCR: r 15.1: Ps' application to strike out honest-opinion defence on basis of misconceived pleadings - whether defendants in defamation proceedings may plead alternative meanings in respect of honest-opinion defence Judgment
03-05-16 Memelink v Grindlay and anor [2016] NZHC 871
Collins J
High Court
Wellington
Interlocutory HCR: rr 15.1-15.2: D2's appplication to strike out P's claim on basis of failures to comply with timetabling; and for want of prosecution HCR: r 5.45: D2's application for security for costs - unless orders Judgment
22-04-16 Craig v Stringer [2016] NZHC 768
Osborne AJ
High Court
Christchurch
Interlocutory HCR: r 8.21: P's application for non-party discovery against Vodafone  Judgment
10-03-16 Bright v Town [2016] NZHC 411
Smith AJ 
High Court
Auckland
Interlocutory D's application to strike out P's notices in terms of ss 39 and 41 of the Defamation Act 1992 (challenging the defences of honest opinion and qualified privilege) - D's application for summary judgment on basis of qualified privilege - HCR: r 5.42: D's application for security for costs  Judgment
04-03-16 Craig v Stringer and anor [2016] NZHC 362
Osborne AJ
High Court
Christchurch
Interlocutory HCR: r 15.1: P's application to strike out statement of defence and counterclaim - principles of pleadings generally - principles of pleadings in defamation cases - principles of unless orders Judgment
03-03-16 Parker v Owen [2016] NZHC 342
Muir J
High Court
Hamilton
Interlocutory HCR: r 5.42: D's application for security for costs against undischarged bankrupt Judgment
23-02-16 Arnold v Fairfax NZ Ltd and anor

[2016] NZHC 207

Clifford J
High Court
Wellington
Interlocutory P's application regarding Ds' honest-opinion pleadings - application by P (cross-claim defendant) to strike out meanings in D2's counterclaim

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