Quick hit:

Clive Palmer has succeeded in defamation proceedings against Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan in the Federal Court over a claim that Mr McGowan portrayed Mr Palmer as a threat to the people of Australia and is dangerous to them (among other portrayals that Mr Palmer argued were defamatory).

Mr McGowan was also successful in a counter claim that he was defamed by Mr Palmer.

The case is an important reminder to consider the likely damages award before commencing proceedings. Here, Mr Palmer was awarded $5,000 in damages, while Mr McGowan was awarded $20,000, despite both no doubt spending considerable sums bringing the matter to the Court.

Watch this space in the coming week for a more detailed explanation of the substantive aspects of the case – and note that the parties are yet to argue before the Court over costs.

In the meantime, for more information about defamation or litigation generally, contact our defamation lawyers and litigation lawyers, Adam Simpson and Ian McDonald.