Real estate agent’s missing apostrophe in Facebook post proves costly

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An Australian real estate agent is in legal trouble after he failed to attach an apostleship to a word in a Facebook post lashing out at a rival, which has now taken him to court alleging defamation .

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Anthony Zadravic, a real estate agent on the New South Wales Central Coast, is facing a defamation suit for his punctuation error after a court refused to dismiss the case against him. Guardian.

On 22 October 2020, Mr. Zadrvik lashed out at another real estate agent on Facebook.


He wrote: “Selling a multi million dollar (sic) house in Pearl Beach but can’t afford to pay my employees retirement. Shame on you Stuart!!! 2 years and still waiting!!!”

Mr Zadrvik meant to write “staff”, referring to his own case, but missed the apostasy.

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He claimed in court that he quit within twelve hours.

However, a district court in New South Wales rejected his appeal to have the case dismissed last week. “Failure to pay the retirement eligibility of an employee can be viewed as unfortunate; Failing to pay some or all of them seems intentional,” said Judge Judith Gibson.

The court also rejected Mr Zadrvik’s claim that the cost of the trial would exceed the award of potential damages, Guardian informed of.

While the cost of the case was estimated at $160,000 (over £86,000) which could go up to $250,000 (£134,631); Judge Gibson said the higher cost than the potential award of damages is not relevant.

“I agree that this is a matter of concern, but unlike other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Australian legislators have shied away from any inquiry or research projects into the cost of defamation in this country, therefore at any stage in the future.” Not likely to change,” the judge was quoted as sayingGuardian.

The court recently noted two Facebook posts that cost the authors a great deal.

In 2020, a Brisbane vet won $25,000 (over £13,000) in damages after a client accused Facebook of overcharging. In 2019, an aged care nurse was awarded $15,000 (approximately £8,000) in damages after Facebook was accused of being sacked because of alcohol use.


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