15th April 16:23
Californian in Web defamation case loses case from Australia
Australian judge rules against LA man in Web defamation case
Thursday, September 4, 2003
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Australian judge has ordered a Los Angeles man to pay
$61,000 for defaming an Australian journalism professor on several Web sites.
The judge ruled against Bill White this week after finding White's allegations
that Trevor Cullen was an academic fraud and child molester were untrue. Master
David Wallace Newnes ruled in favor of Cullen, a professor at Edith Cowan
University, at the Supreme Court of Western Australia in Perth.
"The conduct of the defendant can be attributed only to a conscious desire on
his part to cause the plaintiff the maximum amount of damage, hurt and
embarrassment by what amounts to a campaign of deliberately offensive
vilification," said Newnes.
White said in an e-mail he did not know of the judgment but said it would be
"not enforceable in the United States. It is void."
White, 60, created numerous similar sites about people around the world who he
says refused to help him uncover an alleged *** scandal at a small Catholic
university in Papua New Guinea in 1996.
Information from: Los Angeles Times