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Case M88/2017

Trkulja v. Google Inc

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

20/12/2016 Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal) (Ashley, Ferguson and McLeish JJA)

[2016] VSCA 333


Torts – Defamation – Publication – Respondent internet search engine – Search results – Images – Text – Autocomplete predictions – Whether respondent “published” matter relied on by applicant.

Practice and procedure – Service outside jurisdiction – Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic) r 7.01(1)(i) and (j) – Where respondent served in United States – Where Court of Appeal held service should be set aside because no real prospect of success in providing that respondent was publisher – Whether Court of Appeal erred in confining case to primary publisher rather than secondary.

Short particulars


16/06/2017 Hearing (SLA, Melbourne)

30/06/2017 Notice of appeal

21/07/2017 Written submissions (Appellant)

21/07/2017 Chronology (Appellant)

11/08/2017 Written submissions (Respondent)

25/08/2017 Reply

20/03/2018 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

20/03/2018 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

20/03/2018 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

13/06/2018 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

13/06/2018 Judgment (Judgment summary)