Recently, a Sydney couple were ordered by the District Court to
pay their neighbour's $15,000 legal bill after he sued the
couple for defamation following comments they made on Facebook
about him and his dogs.
Mr Mohareb sued his neighbours, Mr and Mrs Palmer, after the
Palmers posted a photo of a poster about Mr Mohareb on the Scotland
Island community Facebook page, accompanied by their own
The poster, which also had Mr Mohareb's photo on it, made
numerous allegations including that Mr Mohareb was a "highly
volatile individual who was prone to manic outbursts."
Comments added by Mr Palmer included that he "may or may not
be associated to Satan." The Palmers denied creating and
putting the poster up around Scotland Island but didn't deny
that they posted the image and the associated further comments.
After a tumultuous legal battle which included whether or not a
proper apology was made to Mr Mohareb on the Scotland Island
community Facebook page and many court appearances, the Palmers
were ordered by the Judge to pay $15,000 in legal costs to Mr
Don't get caught up in thinking that words online won't
cause as much damage as they would if said face-to-face. In fact,
words said face-to-face usually only live in that moment but words
said online can potentially be there forever (think: sharing,
retweeting and screenshots) and can come back to haunt you time and
If the person/company who has comments made about them can prove
that the comments aren't true and that a third party would
judge their character based on the comments, then they may have a
claim against you/your company.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
Differences in the expectations of suppliers and customers regarding the development of bespoke software, frequently lead to disputes regarding development timeframes, scope, cost, and intellectual property ownership.
Some comments from our readers… “The articles are extremely timely and highly applicable” “I often find critical information not available elsewhere” “As in-house counsel, Mondaq’s service is of great value”
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).