Why AndrewBoltParty.com ??
Well, I was a Party in litigation against Andrew Bolt (and NewsCorp) which ran for 4 long years from 2012 to 2015.
Like all wars, it started with a grievance. I accused Andrew Bolt of lying to the Australian Press Council when he responded to a complaint I had made.
Things snowballed into a Supreme Court of Victoria defamation writ and then the other side were determined to fight trench warfare with a bunch of court appearances in what became increasingly complicated legal issues.
I was self-represented against the NewsCorp litigation machine through the whole ordeal.
15 December 2015
Good news! My litigation with Andrew Bolt and the Herald Sun settled after a 4-year battle.
They spend over $1 million; I spend about $1,000.
Perhaps the recent 55 person redundancy purge at NewsCorp motivated the top-tier senior management to stop spending further $100,000s on the ongoing appeals to the 2 December 2014 trial decision, and also further satellite litigation against the Herald Sun coverage of the October 2014 trial.
With my appeals on foot, thankfully I always effectively had a bankruptcy shield in place against the $500,000 costs ordered by the trial judge Justice Terry Forrest on 2 December 2014.
Like I say, I only spent about $1,000 – that's $1 or so for every $1,000 by the other side. NewCorp could have saved much coin to avoid journalist redundancies if they had agreed to simply walk away which I first offered in September 2013 (yes, over 2 years ago).
Am I relieved? Well, I'm pleased that I survived the NewCorp litigation machine. And it only took 4 years in the trenches; about $1,000 and plenty of fighting spirit.
Thankyou to all my supporters.
David C. Barrow