Media

Overview

We assist clients in the intensely competitive media sector, where organisations face a number of critical legal issues to protect their competitive advantage, reputation and business strategies.

We act for industry leading television networks, newspapers, magazines, information technology companies, e commerce and multimedia providers, publishers and film companies.

We provide expert advice on all issues arising prior to publication and broadcast including defamation, contempt, copyright and trade practices and acting in litigation arising out of those issues.

Experience

Recent matters

Bauer Media

Our client was sued in the Supreme Court of Victoria by high profile Australian entertainer, Rebel Wilson over defamatory material published in eight separate articles across a number of Bauer titles. At trial, Ms Wilson received a record damages award including sums for loss of income and aggravated damages. Bauer was overwhelmingly successful on appeal, reducing the damages award by circa 90%. The Court of Appeal proceedings were of concern to the wider media industry who applied for leave to appear as “interveners”.

Microsoft

Responding to proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland over alleged publication of search results on its “Bing” search engine. The case is the latest in a line of Bing related actions, including ongoing Victorian Supreme Court proceedings brought by Milorad Trkulja and the South Australian Supreme Court proceedings brought by Dr Janice Duffy.

Seven

Acting in defamation proceedings brought in the Supreme Court of New South Wales by prominent Northern Territory detainee, Dylan Voller, against Seven West Media Limited. Voller’s action was over a Facebook “comment” in relation to a Seven West news report posted by Seven West Media on its Facebook page. The Plaintiff ’s formulation of the claim gave rise to novel questions about responsibility for a third party’s post on a Facebook page operated by an established media company.

Yahoo!7

Our client is the Defendant in the Supreme Court of Australia commenced by Dr Janice Duffy. As with Dr Duffy’s actions against Google LLC (which went to the Court of Appeal in South Australia) and proceedings against Microsoft Corporation (which we also act for in separate proceedings) the material complained comprises search results on the client’s search engine.

Recognition

“A deep talent base and exceptional technical expertise.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Kevin Lynch is ranked as a leading Media lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Ranked Tier 2 in Media and Entertainment.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Kevin Lynch is recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of Media and Entertainment.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017 - 2018
Kevin Lynch has the ability to "take a situation and immediately come with a commercially sensible and practical solution."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
"Excellent breadth and depth of capability."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Kevin Lunch is an “outstanding lawyer for defamation and contempt matters”.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
"They have been very responsive and their advice very helpful and sound, and their legal expertise and advice on defamation was great."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
Kevin Lynch is a “shrewd operator with sound judgement” who attracts much praise for his “attention to detail, hands-on approach and sense of humour”.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
“Very strong media practice.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2016

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