Staples v Freeman - [2021] NZHC 1308

Date of Judgment

04 June 2021

Decision

Staples v Freeman (PDF 397 KB)

Summary

Claim for defamation. Involves republication of District Court documents the subject of an interim injunction order. The District Court documents formed the basis of defamatory allegations in Parliament. 

Result: The first defendant was found liable in defamation. Plaintiff awarded damages of $350,000 with costs and interest accruing from the date of judgment.