Cheng v Pan; Cheng v Zhou [2022] NSWCA 21 (24 February 2022) (Basten and Payne JJA, Simpson AJA)


Catchwords:


DEFAMATION – defamatory matter – series of letters published conveying defamatory imputations – inference that all of the letters were published by the same person – whether the appellant the publisher of any or all of the letters

DEFAMATION – remedies – where primary judge awarded general and aggravated damages – whether primary judge’s assessment of damages was excessive – whether respondents entitled to award of aggravated damages

COSTS – party/party – whether costs should be assessed on an indemnity basis