03 May 2011

Art and defamation

In Gant v The Age Company Ltd & Ors [2011] VSC 169 the Supreme Court of Victoria has made rulings on a defamation case that art trader Peter Gant brought against The Age, Wendy Whiteley and Stephen Nall regarding alleged imputations made against Gant in five articles, including imputations that Gant sold artworks that he knew to be fake.

The majority of the imputations were struck out and it was found that the cause of action in respect of the first article was statute barred under the Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic) ss 5(1AAA) and 23B.