An Australian actual property agent is in authorized hassle after he failed to connect an apostrophe to a phrase in a Fb publish lambasting a rival who has now taken him to court docket alleging defamation.
Anthony Zadravic, an actual property agent from New South Wales Central Coast, is dealing with a defamation lawsuit for his punctuation error, after a court docket refused to dismiss the case towards him, in accordance with The Guardian.
On 22 October 2020, Mr Zadravic had lashed out at one other actual property agent on Fb.
He wrote: “Promoting multi million $ (sic) houses in Pearl Seaside however can’t pay his staff superannuation. Disgrace on you Stuart!!! 2 yrs and nonetheless ready!!!”
Mr Zadravic meant to put in writing “worker’s,” referring to his personal case, however missed the apostrophe.
He claimed in court docket that he took down the publish inside twelve hours.
Nonetheless, a district court docket in New South Wales final week turned down his attraction to dismiss the case. “To fail to pay one worker’s superannuation entitlement is perhaps seen as unlucky; to fail to pay some or all of them appears to be like deliberate,” decide Judith Gibson mentioned.
The court docket additionally dismissed Mr Zadravic’s declare that the price of trial would exceed the potential award of damages, The Guardian reported.
Whereas the price of the case was pegged at $160,000 (over £86,000) which might go as much as $250,000 (£134,631); Choose Gibson mentioned the exceeding prices in comparison with the potential award of damages will not be related.
“I agree this can be a matter for concern however, not like different jurisdictions akin to the UK, Australian legislators have shied away from any inquiries or analysis initiatives into defamation prices on this nation, so that is unlikely to alter at any stage sooner or later,” the decide was quoted as saying byThe Guardian.
The court docket famous two current Fb posts which had dearly price the authors.
In 2020, a Brisbane vet received $25,000 (over £13,000) in damages after a consumer had accused him of overcharging on Fb. In 2019, an aged care nurse was awarded $15,000 (round £8,000) in damages after accusations on Fb of being sacked on account of alcohol use.