Thursday, 4 December 2008

Lawyers win $300k payout from Seven

Two lawyers have been awarded more than $300,000 plus costs, ending a six-year defamation fight with Channel Seven.

Simon Lane and Noelle Hurley represented paedophile Peter Liddy in a civil case brought by some of his victims in South Australia.

The two barristers represented the former Adelaide magistrate in the case.

A broadcast in 2002 by Channel Seven's Today Tonight program alleged the pair deliberately misled the court about the true value of Liddy's estate, in particular a cache of antique guns allegedly worth between $10 million and $20 million.

In a statement after the Supreme Court found in their favour, the lawyers said they found it extraordinary that Channel Seven had re-broadcast the baseless allegations in 2005.

They said they should not have had to wait six years and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to clear their names.

The civil case over Liddy's estate continues in the District Court.

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