/ 12 August 2022

Palmer to pay some of McGowan’s legal costs

Image source: Canva/AAP
Image source: Canva/AAP

Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has been ordered to pay part of Mark McGowan’s (aka Western Australians’) legal costs after he turned down the Premier’s offer to settle defamation proceedings in December last year. The pair were embroiled in a lengthy defamation case over a dispute about the state’s hard border, and the blocking of Palmer’s $30 billion damages claim over a delayed iron ore project. In his scathing judgment last week, Justice Michael Lee found both parties had defamed each other and gave the men a dressing down. And yesterday, the judge doubled down, saying ending the litigation “would have saved a great deal of time, money and effort”. Now Palmer will pay some of the costs, which are expected to be hefty, with McGowan’s lawyer charging more than $20,000/day for his services

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