Penny Bright Loses Another Court Case. Still Hasn’t Paid Her Rates

High Courts strikes Defamation Case

 

 

From Auckland Council:

Defamation case struck out

The High Court at Auckland has this afternoon entered summary judgment in favour of Auckland Council Chief Executive Stephen Town relating to defamation proceedings lodged by Penny Bright.

The court has struck out Ms Bright’s particulars of ill-will, and entered judgment in favour of Mr Town on the basis that the defence of qualified privilege applies.

Ms Bright initiated defamation proceedings in relation to comments concerning her unpaid rates made by the council in a press statement in October 2014.

In 2016, the High Court ruled the defence of qualified privilege applied to the press statement.

Today’s summary judgment brings the matter to an end.

—ends—

 

The Summary 

civ2014-404-3194-penelope-mary-bright-v-stephen-town

 

 

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One thought on “Penny Bright Loses Another Court Case. Still Hasn’t Paid Her Rates

  1. Interesting that the judgment in favour of Mr Town on the basis that the defence of qualified privilege applies. I take that to mean he can say what he wants, albeit defamatory in any other case.
    Also interesting is the fact that it’s Mr Towns refusal to release information that sparked Ms Brights ire in the first place. Even today, if the information was released, the rates would be paid. So Ms Bright continues to ask, “What is he hiding?”

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