For confidentiality reasons, we are unable to re-produce details of many of the successful cases in which we have acted.

Unlike some other law firms, we do NOT promote defamation cases generally, in which the law firms have NOT acted.  The cases listed below are all cases in which Barrie Goldsmith has appeared.

Preliminary discovery against Google

March 2021

Federal Court of Australia

Being defamed by anonymous reviewers is a common problem. Getting any information voluntarily from Google is also a common problem and usually, it will not provide any user information without a Court order. The process of obtaining the relevant and necessary order is a detailed and precise one.

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Rose Bay man awarded $35,000 over defamatory Facebook post

May 2020

NSW case

Rose Bay local man has been awarded $35,000 in damages after NSW district court judge found he was defamed by a single post in a Rose Bay Facebook community group page.

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Strata Chair awarded $120,000 for defamation

February 2019

NSW case

Chairperson of Strata Committee successfully sues resident over defamatory statements.

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Philanthropist ordered to pay $110,000 security in defamation case

17 Nov 2017

ACT case

Appearing against Senior Counsel to obtain order for security for costs in high profile case.

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Strata Owner sued for defamation by Strata Manager

22 Nov 2016

WA case

Acting successfully for a defendant in a major case brought by her Strata Manager.

1st decision – more details

2nd decision – more details

Facebook sex tape case has implications for privacy law in Australia

25 Jan 2015

WA case

Acting in Facebook Sex Tape Case.

more details also read more on this landmark case

Athletics boss wins appeal to fight ‘slander’

19 Mar 2012

NT case

Acting for the head of the NT Athletics Association.

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Defamatory website published by former patient of prominent Cosmetic Surgeon

9 Jul 2010

NSW case

Acting for a prominent cosmetic surgeon.

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Woodside seeks 'moles' in Voelte email lawsuit

29 Feb 2008

WA case

Acting for a plaintiff against a Perth-based, high profile, publicly-listed company based in Perth.

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ASIC sued for $15m by 'ruined' filmmaker

13 Sep 2004

NSW case

Acting for a plaintiff in a multi-million dollar damages claim against the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

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Sydney Falun Gong Practitioners Sue Chinese Newspaper for Defamation

22 May 2004

NSW case

Acting for a group of plaintiffs who contended that they were defamed by a Chinese language newspaper. Practitioners associated with the plaintiffs alleged that they have been persecuted and tortured by the Chinese Government.

Experience Matters

Please note that the firm of Goldsmiths Lawyers was acquired as from 1 July 2021 by Rostron Carlyle Rojas LawyersBarrie Goldsmith, who has specialised in defamation for 40 years, continues to work for the firm as Special Counsel. You can read more about the acquisition at the following link.

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