Heading back to court
Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has lodged an appeal over the loss of his landmark defamation case against Nine newspapers last month. That case was dismissed by Federal Court Justice Anthony Besanko, who found claims he committed war crimes and bullied a fellow soldier were substantially true. Roberts-Smith, who adamantly maintains his innocence, has not revealed the grounds of his appeal. And the law firm that brought a previous class action lawsuit on behalf of Robodebt victims is considering a new claim in light of the Royal Commission’s damning findings against those who administered the scheme. The Federal Court approved a $1.8 billion settlement between the Commonwealth and victims in 2021. Now, a new lawsuit alleging misfeasance in public office (aka the failure of public servants to perform their duty) could see the Commonwealth pay damages if it is successful.
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