The Supreme Court of Queensland has ordered the well-known radio host Alan Jones to pay damages to the Wagner Family for a number of defamatory remarks he broadcasted in relation to the Grantham Floods that occurred in January 2011.
Justice Flanagan was scathing of Jones, noting that he had continued to repeat a number of his defamatory assertions in the course of his evidence – even when unrelated to the answers he was providing, resulting in a finding that his actions warranted an order to pay aggravated damages.
The ordinary cap on non-economic loss in defamation proceedings is currently $398,500 – Jones was order to pay the Plaintiffs almost $1 million each.
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