High Court of Australia

Trkulja v Google LLC [2018] HCA 25

13 Jun 2018

Case Number: M88/2017


Kiefel CJ, Bell, Keane, Nettle, Gordon JJ


Defamation – Publication – Capacity to defame – Where application for summary dismissal of defamation proceeding – Where allegedly defamatory matter includes search results of internet search engine – Where allegedly defamatory matter includes autocomplete predictions of internet search engine – Whether respondent published allegedly defamatory matter – Whether matter capable of conveying allegedly defamatory imputations – Whether proceeding had no real prospect of success.

Words and phrases – "autocomplete", "capacity to defame", "composite publication", "defamation", "defamatory image", "no real prospect of success", "ordinary reasonable person", "publication", "search engine", "search results", "search terms", "summary dismissal", "summary judgment".

Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) – ss 62, 63.

Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005 (Vic) – rr 7. 01, 8. 09.

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