The cap on damages in defamation was introduced in 2006 in the effort to end huge payouts which were then seen to be out of step with community expectations having regard in particular to payouts to personal injury plaintiffs.
The original cap for non-economic loss was set at $250,000 but to be adjusted annually in line with average weekly earnings of full time adults. Since the cap started, it has increased by 46%. The cap presently stands at $366,000.
So if you have been defamed, the possible reward from a successful defamation action is getting better with every year that passes.
Contact our Defamation Expert, Pat Campion for advice in all aspects of defamation law.