Neoprene Tote Bags: Watertight Not Copyright

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Liz Bodey

In the recent judgment State of Escape Accessories Pty Limited v Schwartz [2020] FCA 1606, Justice Davies of the Federal Court of Australia found a fashionable neoprene tote bag was not a “work of artistic craftsmanship” and therefore not an “artistic work” for the purposes of the Copyright Act 1968

Inflation night-club owner wins $90,000 for police slur: Tsamis v State of Victoria [2019] VSC 826

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Justin Castelan

Martha Tsamis has worked in the nightclub industry for around 30 years and is the manager of the Inflation night-club in Melbourne.

Inflation night-club

In October 2013, the police brought an application to restrict Inflation’s trading hours (LCRA proceeding). The evidence was that the police brought this in an attempt to

60 Minutes indefensible defamation: $4 more million for the Wagner family: Wagner v Nine Network Australia PL & Ors [2019] QSC 284

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Justin Castelan

The plaintiffs

Denis, John, Neill and Joe Wagner operated a quarry in Grantham in Queensland. In January 2011, there was a flood that devastated the town and killed 12 people. A Commission of Inquiry made findings that the disaster was a natural event and no human action caused it or could

Guilty of $3.75 million radio defamation? … Mr Jones I presume: Wagner v Harbour Radio PL & Ors [2018] QSC 201

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Justin Castelan

Denis, John, Neill and Joe Wagner are brothers from Toowoomba and the owners of a highly successful family business. Their father, Henry had conducted a concrete quarry, stone masonry and earthmoving business. The sons rapidly expanded the business into areas such as reinforced steel, concrete crushing and a public airport.

Lying defamation defendant shot down by Sporting Shooters – $887,027.66 in damages: Moroney v Zegers [2018] VSC 448

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Justin Castelan

For a short time in 2012, Karel Zegers was the Acting President of the Victorian branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAAV).  His position on the Board was up for election in August that year and he decided to set up a website to run his campaign: shootersvictoria.com.