Sullivan v Moody [2001] HCA 59

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  • A father was wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting his daughter
  • He sued for the negligently performed medical examination
  • There is no precise test for novel negligence cases
  • Must consider how it interacts with other laws (e.g. defamation) – cannot give negligence to wide a range
  • Where there is statutory grounds for behavior (e.g. reporting child abuse), it will probably not succeed in negligence
  • Indeterminate liability is not good

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