Simpson Grierson

Internet Party spending causes further embarrassment

Pam Corkery 2014

Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.

Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by?Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes ? that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.

The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.

Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 ? more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts. Read more »

Simpson Grierson stiffed for $2M

Internet giant Kim Dotcom still owes Simpson Grierson $2 million, the High
Court at Auckland has heard.

The figure came out during cross examination before Justice Patricia?Courtney, by the Police lawyer David Boldt.

He wants $200,000 per month for living expenses and has also asked for what?he deems reasonable legal fees – that figure has not come before the court this?morning but NBR understands is about $3-4 million.

Mr Dotcom recently changed legal counsel after Simpson Grierson withdrew …?as did his Queen’s Counsel Paul Davison.

He said under oath he has already spent $10 million on legal fees, and needs?more. Mr Dotcom said that Simpson Grierson was still owed about $2 million,?and Mr Davison half a million.

Knock?me over with a feather. ?Legal firms that let you run up a tab. ? ?But hold on a minute – isn’t agreeing for services to be performed knowing full well you don’t have the money to pay for it fraud? ? Read more »

Expunging the record, Dotcom’s former lawyers run from their work

Kim Dotcom’s former lawyers are pretending desperately that they?never worked for him, such is the toxicity of his brand and persona.

TorrentFreak highlights some of the changes?as Dotcom’s former layers run and hide:

[I]t?s been revealed that high-profile Queen?s Counsel Paul Davison, QC, and Simpson Grierson, one of New Zealand?s biggest lawfirms, are stepping down from Dotcom?s legal team.

?Paul Davison & Simpson Grierson of NZ are stepping down from @KimDotcom legal team. They did world-class legal work & were great colleagues,? Rothken tweeted.

Davison has been representing Dotcom in his U.S. extradition case and various Simpson Grierson partners including William Akel and Tracey Walker have represented the entrepreneur in civil actions brought by the Hollywood studios.

While Rothken has made it clear that he was pleased with the work of the outgoing legal team, there is a rather unusual element to the story. When we searched the Simpson Grierson website for the history of the Dotcom case, it appears that the company has erased it, an unusual move for such a high-profile action.

And it doesn?t stop there. Senior litigation partner William Akel has removed all reference to Dotcom from his case history. The image below shows his profile, before and after, with Dotcom?s case now erased.

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Simply Gruesome tries to ditch Kim Dotcom

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Simpson Grierson, affectionately known as Simply Gruesome have decided that the toxic effect of representing Kim Dotcom on their own tarnished brand has reached such bad proportions that they have sought to ditch him as a client.

Victoria Young at NBR reports”

Simpson Grierson is trying to get away from Kim Dotcom.

NBR ONLINE understands the firm has applied to discharge itself from its retainer in its asset case dispute. That case?pits Mr Dotcom against major Hollywood movie and recording studios and concerns freezing orders over assets.

It is believed the law firm has made an application to the High Court to remove itself from the retainer. ? Read more »

Green supporter? Dotcom henchman more like

Winston got stopped and accosted by an apparent Green party “supporter”.

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More impertinent questions

Is Kim Dotcom the person with the most active court actions?in NZ right now?

Is he McCready’s 2nd cousin?

How many of those did he start himself?

Why so many?

Is Whaleoil the?only media organisation that hasn’t had a legal letter yet?

When will the bullying to silence criticism stop?

Was the Church of Scientology analogy reasonable?

 

Internet Party defamation lawsuit: I will welcome the chance to present every fact I know

qw2 Explaining to Mathew Backhouse, Dotcom says:

Dotcom said he had a meeting with a company that had suggested surveillance of Slater, including taking photographs and seeing who he was meeting. “But then I thought about my own GCSB experience and I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of doing that, so I just didn’t go ahead with it.” Dotcom said his legal team was monitoring the Whale Oil blogsite. “There are two junior lawyers that every day go there to see what new defamation he is writing, and they have been building the case. So that is what I was talking about.”

The defence phase of a defamation trial is simply fascinating. ? Read more »

Internet Party defamation lawsuit: I will welcome discovery

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Explaining to Mathew Backhouse, Dotcom says:

Dotcom said he had a meeting with a company that had suggested surveillance of Slater, including taking photographs and seeing who he was meeting.

“But then I thought about my own GCSB experience and I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of doing that, so I just didn’t go ahead with it.”

Dotcom said his legal team was monitoring the Whale Oil blogsite.

“There are two junior lawyers that every day go there to see what new defamation he is writing, and they have been building the case. So that is what I was talking about.”

The discovery phase of a defamation trial is simply fascinating. ? Read more »