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. 

Society chairman Gary Taylor said in 30 years of involvement with such cases, he had never encountered such intimidation.

This type of threat might not be illegal but it is unacceptable, he said.

I think it is perfectly acceptable, otherwise busy-bodies and vexatious litigants get emboldened that there are no consequences for their harassment of companies and individuals using judicial processes.

I note the judge has got his panties on a bit too tight.

High Court judge Robert Dobson said in his decision released last week that appellants had competently and responsibly advanced legitimate public interests.

He was reluctant to order costs against them.

However, King Salmon was entitled to pursue costs, which it must do within 28 days.

If I was King Salmon I would pursue costs, then seek to have the society wound up if they fail to pay. Those green taliban pricks play for keeps, it pays to play for keeps against them too.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.