Vexatious litigation

A complete waste of the court’s time

The Snowden v RNZ case is a classic example of how obsessed and fixated litigants can murk up cases endlessly in their attempts to mount a wonky jihad to “clear their name” or prove that they were right.

In the end, it was a rout. After a 12-year, multimillion-dollar battle that began with a disagreement over newsroom budgets, former Radio New Zealand journalist Lynne Snowdon conclusively lost her Employment Court case last week.

She’d claimed RNZ treated her badly and then dismissed her unfairly. She’d claimed senior executives committed financial fraud then conspired to cover it up.

Along the way she’d made sundry complaints to the police, the Serious Fraud Office, the High Court, the Ombudsman, the Audit Office, the Commerce Select Committee, the Court of Appeal. She had invited a judge to recuse (disqualify) herself because she was biased.

But on Tuesday, the music stopped. Judge Tony Ford, of the Employment Court in Wellington, delivered a devastating written judgment based on an epic hearing that started last September and finished in February.

The judgment crushed each of Snowdon’s three main claims. Her employment grievances weren’t justified. Her dismissal had been fair. There had been no fraud whatsoever. In some cases the “evidence” that was meant to have supported her claims was non-existent.

Before spelling out his conclusions, though, Ford counted up some dreadful numbers. In the leadup to a normal employment hearing, he wrote, there might be a maximum of two preliminary (or “interlocutory”) hearings to figure out some procedural issues. This case had involved 23.

It is almost unheard of for the rulings from those minor hearings to be appealed. Snowdon appealed six of them. The case involved thousands of pages of evidence and exhibits. The hearing was delayed for years, and when it finally happened it took 47 days. It concerned events that mainly occurred over a decade ago. Millions have been spent or are owed.  Read more »

Finally someone deals to a vexatious litigant

I think the law needs to be  strengthened regarding vexatious litigants. It is exceedingly outdated and very difficult to get someone declared as such.

Stephanie Flores at NBR is reporting that one such litigant has just got his beans.

The Supreme Court has denied “vexatious litigant” John Slavich a bid to appeal a review of his court costs for a pair of related appeals.

Mr Slavich sought a review of the registrar’s decision to charge security for costs of $5880 for High Court proceedings that concluded he was a vexatious litigant earlier this year.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias and Justices Terence Arnold and William Young denied his request, then slapped him with another $2500 plus “any reasonable disbursements determined by the registrar.”

The former Waikato accountant was jailed for two years and three months in 2006 after he was found guilty by Justice Paul Heath of forgery in relation to property frauds. In the years that followed, he launched dozens of corruption complaints against judges as well as private prosecutions against representatives of the Crown.  Read more »

Banks shows more integrity than Brown

John Banks has resigned as a minister pending private litigation over the vexatious claims by a bankrupt, convicted blackmailer and tax cheat.

ACT Leader John Banks has resigned from his ministerial posts effective immediately in the wake of the Auckland District Court decision to send him to trial over his donations.

Mr Banks said he had told the Prime Minister’s office last week that he would offer his resignation if the matter was committed to trial.

“I have spoken to the Prime Minister this afternoon and he has accepted my resignation.

“I believe the decision in the Auckland District Court was wrong and I will be contesting the charge. However I do not want this to be a distraction from the Government’s programme.”

In doing so he has shown that he has buckets more integrity than Len Brown who is refusing to quit after using the Auckland Town Hall as his personal bordello.  Read more »

Convicted tax cheat, fraudster, bankrupt ratbag fails to front at court

Graham McCready failed to turn up to court today, blaming cancelled flights out of Wellington.

When are the courts going to stop entertaining these self represented ratbags who waste endless hours of court time?

John Banks will return to Auckland District Court tomorrow to face a private prosecution over a charge of filing a false election return.

The matter was adjourned today after the man taking the prosecution, Graham McCready, was stranded in Wellington airport after his flight was cancelled due to bad weather.  Read more »

Ratbag Graham McCready- Blackmailer, tax fraudster, and now bankrupt

Remember Graham McCready, the Wellington City Eastern Ward council candidate, who was convicted of blackmail charges earlier in the year, tax fraud charges some time ago, who was locked away in a mental asylum, and is a serial litigant to boot?

Well, things got worse for him yesterday morning, after he was declared bankrupt – for the second time.  Read more »

A good hard smack for vexatious busy-bodies

Some green taliban busy-bodies who have been making life hard for King Salmon by constantly challenging their every move in court have been given a bloody nose. Not only did they lose their recent case against King Salmon, but the company is now seeking costs. They aren’t happy either, having a big sook and a cry about it.

New Zealand King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne is being accused of using bullying tactics to scare groups off appealing a High Court decision that went against them.

Last week Mr Rosewarne said King Salmon would seek costs of about $150,000 against Sustain our Sounds and the Environmental Defence Society if they took an unsuccessful High Court appeal to the Supreme Court.

His company would probably seek costs even without a further appeal, he said.  Read more »

Convicted blackmailer Graham McCready at it again

I see Graham McCready is at it again, pursuing people through the courts, wasting their time, wasting them money. The media just play along with him too, calling him a former accountant.

United Future leader Peter Dunne says a private prosecution being brought against him by a former accountant is “nonsense”.

Wellington man Graham McCready filed papers today at the Wellington District Court and sent documents to Mr Dunne.

Mr Dunne said he received the documents today, but had not had a chance to get a legal opinion on them.

He said his initial reaction was that the charges were “simply nonsense”.   Read more »

McCready pleads guilty to blackmail

Graham McCready, serial litigant, fantasist and convicted tax fraudster has plead guilty to blackmail.

Our dear friend, Lord of all f@ckwits, Graham McCready, has saved the court the tiresome burden of examining his difficult and complicated court case by pleading guilty to blackmail in the court yesterday. It has taken almost a year and as recently as two days ago he was sending emails to media proclaiming his innocence. The victim in this case currently has interim name suppression and well they should because otherwise the blackmailer wins.

He has also bizarrely claimed that somehow I have breached name suppression in this case, which I have not, being very careful to ensure I haven’t. He even went as far as laying a complaint with the Solicitor-General, just more vexatious activity from a psychopath wrapped up in his own bizarre little world.

No doubt the thought of porridge motivated him to acknowledge his guilt in the hope of remaining free. The judge will probably give him some sort of gentle custodian sentence, instead of the tougher sentence that tax and blackmail crook deserves.

Let’s note for the record that he’s previously plead guilty to tax fraud, and now blackmail. Lets also note he has brought a private prosecution against Ducky, and a failed prosecution against Banksie (though McCready is trying again, reputedly). He’s even made a pest of himself in Parliament trying to serve Judith Collins and other high-ranking judicial figures.

The judge should lock him up, or if the judge is intent on the wet bus ticket, do it in concert with some kind of legal restraining or vexatious litigant order to prevent more f@ckwittery in the future.

Mr Jan Trotman full of it as usual

Keeping Stock catches out Mr Jan Trotman, 66, kept man of St Mary’s Bay.

Mr Jan Trotman, 66, kept man of St Mary’s Bay issued a press release about the tea-tapes claiming that the case had nothing to do with the Attorney-General. This drunk old fool thinks that it has nothing to do with the Attorney-General.

Except it does:

Check out the decision at this link. The heading of the decision reads like this (with our emphasis added):

CIV 2011-404-7392
UNDER The Declaratory Judgments Act 1908
Hearing: 22 November 2011

And here was I thinking that Mr Jan Trotman calls himself a lawyer.

This whole claim that costs is somehow retribution is a storm in teacup. Bradley Ambrose took the government to court to protect his own legal position and lost. Costs are levied against losers, happens every day, especially against vexatious litigants.