CLIVE TAKES A LEGAL DIVE
Clive Palmer has lost his court battle with Nationwide News over the Hedley Thomas articles in "The Australian" with Justice Boddice throwing out Clive’s claims and awarding costs to the respondent.
Palmer had claimed he had been defamed in a series of articles about his business interests.
Thomas with Adam Shand had written articles which carried the headlines "Palmer warns Chinese 1,000 jobs threatened if cash does not come his way", and "Letter shows bitterness of Palmer's China rift".
Palmer said he had been defamed because of the way the articles were written. His counsel submitted that it would lead an ordinary person to believe he lacked the judgment, efficiency, capacity and the competence necessary to manage his company, Mineralogy.
Palmer also claimed the articles suggested he was insolvent and that he had lied to the public and had made false claims about his wealth and that he lacked the capability, judgment and competence to make good operational decisions in the businesses of the companies he controlled.
He also claimed the articles inferred he lacked the skill, capability, judgment and competence to ensure that a company, Mineralogy, of which he was in charge, had lacked the ability to operate the Port of Cape Preston.
In a separate article Palmer claimed he was portrayed as a cruel and hostile person who, out of intense animosity and extreme acrimony, was willing to put at risk billions of dollars of investment in Australia.
Palmer had also submitted a suggestion he had threatened to disrupt commercial and political relationships between Australia and China was defamatory.
Justice Boddice disagreed with the claims saying none of the words was capable of conveying the defamatory imputations as claimed.
Looks like it’s now open season on the litigious Clive.