Media

Bell Gully has New Zealand’s leading specialist media law practice.

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​Our media law team provides advice and assistance with pre-publication legal vetting of print, broadcast and online media for newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and websites. The team assists with issues relating to suppressed information and access to court files. 

We deal with publication complaints, disputes, defamation, privacy claims and other litigation arising out of print, broadcast and online publications. Our team advises on all aspects of advertising and marketing, competitions and promotions. We also advise on privacy and data collection issues.

Our media law team’s client base and strength across all of these key areas distinguishes us from other firms in the market.

Launch of Netflix
Advised Netflix on the launch of its internet entertainment streaming service into New Zealand.

WhaleOil interim injunction application
Acted for the publisher of the New Zealand Herald newspaper and website in opposing interim injunction proceedings brought by Cameron Slater which sought to restrain media publication of material sourced by a hacker from the WhaleOil website. This was very high profile and important litigation of significant public interest during the lead-up to the 2014 general election.

Defamation litigation
Acted for the publisher of the New Zealand Herald newspaper in the Simunovich Fisheries defamation proceedings, understood to be New Zealand's largest defamation claim.

Acted for the publisher of the New Zealand Herald and Herald on Sunday newspapers defending other defamation proceedings brought by Kim Dotcom, John Spencer, Mark Hotchin, Michael Laws and others.

Acted for other publishers and claimants bringing or defending defamation proceedings. This included having proceedings dismissed against a major Australian newspaper, sued in New Zealand, based on a publication on its website.

Name suppression challenges
Acted for the publisher of the New Zealand Herald newspaper and for the mainstream media collectively (i.e. the major newspaper publishers and television and radio broadcasters) in various high profile challenges to Court on name suppression orders in criminal proceedings of public interest.

Opposing interim injunction applications seeking to prevent publication
Acted successfully for media organisations opposing interim injunction applications seeking to prevent publication of stories on matters of public interest.

Privacy and data protection
Acted on numerous matters including advice to multinational organisations on compliance with New Zealand legislation; acted for a multinational entertainment content provider on New Zealand privacy issues; and acted for a multinational medical device manufacturer on privacy and data protection issues in New Zealand.

Advertising, marketing and promotions
Acting for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and advertising agencies on the compliance of advertising and marketing materials. These include point of sale materials, product packaging, and competitions and promotions with the relevant law including Fair Trading Act, Advertising Standards, Gambling Act, Privacy Act, copyright, trade mark and passing off, and regulations covering foods, beverages, alcohol, and medicines.

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