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  • DATUK SERI DR MOHAMAD SALLEH ISMAIL & ANOR v. MOHD RAFIZI RAMLI & ANOR [2016] 9 CLJ 813
    HIGH COURT MALAYA, KUALA LUMPUR
    AZIZUL AZMI ADNAN JC
    [CIVIL SUIT NO: 23NCVC-53-06-2013]
    31 OCTOBER 2016

    TORT: Defamation - Libel - Press conference contained statements alleged to be defamatory of plaintiffs - Allegations of misappropriation of public funds - Whether statements were fair comments or facts - Whether statements verified and based on facts established to be true - Whether defence of qualified privilege established

    TORT: Defamation - Libel - News website published article and uploaded video clip of press conference - Press conference contained statements alleged to be defamatory of plaintiffs - Allegations of misappropriation of public funds - Whether video clip showed faithful recording of actual events - Whether reporting done in fair, disinterested and neutral way - Whether defence of reportage available

    TORT: Defamation - Libel - Damages - Press conference contained statements alleged to be defamatory of plaintiffs - News website published article and uploaded video clip of press conference - Nature of allegations - Whether serious - Whether losses suffered attributable to defamatory statements

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  • KHAIRUL AZWAN HARUN v. MOHD RAFIZI RAMLI [2016] 9 CLJ 858
    HIGH COURT MALAYA, KUALA LUMPUR
    S NANTHA BALAN J
    [SUIT NO: 23NCVC-55-07-2015]
    20 OCTOBER 2016

    TORT: Defamation - Libel - Press release contained statements relating to public interest - Allegations of defalcation of public funds - Natural and ordinary meaning of impugned words - Whether impugned words defamatory of plaintiff - Whether impugned words suggested plaintiff guilty of corruption or abuse of power - Whether defences of fair comment and justification available

    TORT: Defamation - Defences - Libel - Justification and fair comment - Press release contained statements alleging defalcation of public funds - Whether impugned words defamatory of plaintiff - Three different categories of meaning for defence of justification - Whether impugned words justified - Whether impugned words were fair comments or statements of fact - Whether release of impugned words actuated by malice - Defamation Act 1957, s. 9 

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  • PP lwn. ONG KIAN YAP [2016] 2 SMC 84
    MAHKAMAH MAJISTRET, JELEBU
    ZUHAIR ROSLI Mj
    [KES TANGKAPAN NO: 83-37-5-2014]
    29 FEBRUARI 2015

    UNDANG-UNDANG JENAYAH: Mencabul kehormatan - Kanun Keseksaan, s. 354 - Memasukkan tangan ke dalam seluar dalam mangsa dan mencium mulutnya - Mangsa seorang kanak-kanak - Pertuduhan - Sama ada defektif - Sama ada unsur niat untuk mencabul dinyatakan di dalam pertuduhan - Sama ada keterangan mangsa disokong - Sama ada laporan perubatan mangsa diserahkan kepada tertuduh sebelum perbicaraan - Sama ada keterangan saksi-saksi menimbulkan keraguan - Sama ada kehendak s. 399(1) Kanun Tatacara Jenayah dipatuhi

    PROSEDUR JENAYAH: Pertuduhan - Defektif - Kesalahan mencabul kehormatan - Kanun Keseksaan, s. 354 - Mens rea kesalahan - Sama ada unsur niat untuk mencabul dinyatakan dalam pertuduhan - Sama ada tarikh dan masa kejadian dinyatakan dalam pertuduhan - Sama ada tertuduh diprejudiskan - Sama ada pertuduhan defektif dan tidak boleh diperbaiki

    KETERANGAN: Keterangan pakar - Laporan perubatan - Kesalahan mencabul kehormatan - Mangsa seorang kanak-kanak - Kegagalan menyerahkan salinan laporan perubatan mangsa kepada tertuduh sebelum perbicaraan - Sama ada bukti penyampaian laporan perubatan dikemukakan - Sama ada laporan perubatan diterima masuk - Sama ada kehendak s. 399(1) Kanun Tatacara Jenayah dipatuhi

    KETERANGAN: Saksi - Kanak-kanak - Keterangan tidak bersumpah - Sama ada kehendak s. 133A Akta Keterangan 1950 dipatuhi - Sama ada keterangan mangsa diragui - Kanun Keseksaan, s. 354

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  • ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT

    High court dismisses case over high ATM fees

    US
    Antitrust
    Supreme Court dismisses case involving accusations that Visa, MasterCard illegally fixed ATM prices
    The Supreme Court has dismissed a case it took up earlier this year involving accusations that Visa and MasterCard illegally fixed ATM prices. The credit card companies wanted the justices to overturn a lower court ruling that said the antitrust case could move forward. The high court agreed to hear their appeal in June.

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  • High Court clarifies the position as regards claiming damages based on an extrapolated sample

    UK
    Construction
    Claiming damages based on extrapolated sample
    There is a lot to take from this judgment. It offers a reminder of why it is so important to agree and document the value of changes and variations contemporaneously and serves as a cautionary tale for employers considering whether to withhold or deduct sums from a contractor prior to it having established and tested the robustness of what is said to form the basis for the deduction. However, perhaps the most interesting part of this judgment can be found in the court's commentary on the County Council’s use of statistical sampling and extrapolation for the purposes of converting what was, on one level, a fairly standard and modest defects counterclaim into a very significant claim.

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  • Courts Continue to Chip Away at Restrictive Covenants

    CANADA
    Employment
    Restrictive covenant may not be enforced where employer fails to satisfy obligations to employee
    Powell River Industrial Sheet Metal Contracting Inc. (P.R.I.S.M.) v Kramchynski, 2016 BCSC 883, is a decision from the Supreme Court of British Columbia that dealt with the enforcement of a restrictive covenant in the context of a commercial transaction. The decision stands for the proposition that a court may refuse to enforce a restrictive covenant where an employer fails to satisfy its obligations to the employee.

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  • A negligent act with an appreciation of the risk can still be an ‘accident’

    AUSTRALIA
    Insurance

    Negligent decision by an insured can still be an ‘accident’
    The respondent insured a 100 tonne Telescopic Crawler Crane (the crane) owned by the appellant. On 1 February 2009 the crane was damaged when its boom collapsed. Shortly before the collapse concrete rubble had been placed in the area where the crane was to pass. In the 12 seconds that the crane was crawling over it, the rubble did not compress, causing the boom to collapse. The crane was found to be beyond economical repair. The appellant sought to recover under the policy, arguing that either the collapse was due to a pre-existing defect in the base of the boom (to which the ‘Material Damage’ cover responded) or that the failure was an accident (to which the ‘Accidental Overload’ cover responded).

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  • Workplace culture no excuse for sexual harassment

    AUSTRALIA
    Employment
    Workplace culture not to blame for employee’s sexual harassment
    The Fair Work Commission has dismissed a former employee’s unfair dismissal application1, finding that the employer’s workplace culture was not to blame for the employee’s sexual harassment. The employer (an unidentified airline) summarily dismissed the employee from his position as a Cabin Crew Supervisor following an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual harassment...

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