Why would the Kerry Stokes owned and controlled Channel Seven and Capilano Honey use Addisons Lawyers partner Martin O’Conner, who does not specialise in defamation law, to sue 2 bloggers for defamation? Because they are up to their necks in a judicial favours scam with the common link between the three being Kerry Stokes, Ryan Stokes and Addison’s partner Justine Munsie.
The two court cases are “Munsie v Dowling” which is Kerry Stokes, Ryan Stokes and their lawyer Justine Munsie suing me which started in 2014 and is being funded by Channel Seven and “Capilano Honey and Ben McKee v Simon Mulvany”. Capilano Honey is 18% owned by Kerry Stokes and the exact same lawyers (Kerry Stokes’ and Channel Seven’s lawyers) are running both cases.
This article is a follow-up to last weeks article titled “Australia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers” (Click here to read the article)
The main purpose of the scam is to close down whistleblowers, especially whistleblowers who use social media such as bloggers, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter etc. who have exposed corrupt and criminal conduct by Kerry and Ryan Stokes and their companies. The scam also involves NSW Supreme Court Judge Lucy McCallum who is also the defamation list judge who has oversight for all defamation matters in the NSW Supreme Court.
The scam has backfired badly for Stokes and while myself and Mulvany have had to take down articles until final hearing they have achieved very little but to expose themselves for being the criminals they are. One example of their lack of achievement is everything Simon Mulvany consented to take down from his websites until final hearing I published links to in my article last week as there is no court order against me not publish them nor have they sought a court order or even complained.
Judicial corruption and bribes is nothing special in NSW as Fairfax Media and the ABC’s Four Corners show last year reported that the Mafia had bribed NSW judges $2.2M. (Click here and here to read more) So it should be no surprise that others judges are running their own scams to make extra money.
Justice Lucy McCallum and Justine Munsie’s close friendship
Justice Lucy McCallum and Addisons Lawyers partner Justine Munsie are good friends. Both previously worked at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques and when Justice McCallum was a barrister from 1991 until 2008 she regularly received work from Justine Munsie which would have been valued in the $100,000 if not millions of dollars.
How do I know? Because it shows up in the transcript from Stokes’ defamation case against me. Firstly it shows up in a secret hearing that Stokes’ lawyers had with Justice Lucy McCallum which I found out about later when I bought the transcript and it shows up a second time when Stokes’ barrister Sandy Dawson raised it because he knew they had been caught.
I wrote about it in 2014 with the transcript evidence in an article titled “Kerry Stokes has illegal private communication with Justice Lucy McCallum & gets judicial favours”. I was made to take the article down but it is on another website called “Kerry Stokes”. (Click here to read the article)
How it works
The scam is very simple. Justice Lucy McCallum and lawyer Justine Munsie are very good friends and use that friendship for the benefit of Justine Munsie’s clients such as Kerry Stokes, his son Ryan Stokes and their companies such as Channel Seven and now Capilano Honey.
They conceal the fact that they are utilising their friendship by pretending that another Addisons Lawyer Martin O’Conner is the instructing lawyer in the case. They do this because any case where Justine Munsie is the lawyer should not go before Justice McCallum and should be transferred to another judge.
But the problem is Martin O’Conner has no experience in defamation law so anyone who knows the people involved know that something strange is going on. In 2014 just after Kerry Stokes and Justine Munsie instituted the defamation case against me I spoke to Martin O’Conner on the phone and he had no clue about the case. Also Justine Munsie contacted me directly which made it obvious she was running the case for Kerry Stokes.
You can see below on the profiles that Justine Munsie is the defamation expert and Martin O’Conner has no experience in that area.
It says on Munsie’s profile:
The media is more than my work, it is my passion. I begin every day with the important media stories of the day, gaining an understanding of the issues that may impact upon the publication of these stories, as it is often from such published stories that I am asked to advise clients.
Clients for whom I act include the Seven West Media Group, including Yahoo!7, Australian Associated Press, Omnilab Media, Merivale, bet365, The Star and Zerowait Corporation. (Click here to read more)
The scam was obvious to me in 2014 just after Kerry Stokes and his lawyer Justine Munsie instituted frivolous and vexatious defamation proceedings against me (Munsie v Dowling) and had secret private communication with a number of judges including Justice Lucy McCallum. The proceedings are still ongoing as Stokes has avoided a final hearing like the plague although they are now set down for April next year but I doubt Stokes or his lawyers will show up.
Then when I read about Capilano Honey suing Simon Mulvany and seen the court documents is was obvious that Stokes and Addisons Lawyers were trying the same scam again but this time it included Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee.
Capilano Honey and Ben McKee v Simon Mulvany
The legal team running the case on behalf of Capilano are also the exact same people who represent Channel Seven and Kerry Stokes who owns 18% of Capilano. They are lawyers Justine Munsie, Richard Keegan and Alexander Latu with Martin O’Conner’s name on the documents. But make no mistake Justine Munsie is in the background running the show.
Stokes has a long history of using legal threats and frivolous and vexatious court cases to silence critics and it points to Stokes being the driving force behind the attempt to silence Simon Mulvany.
Questions for Addison’s lawyer Martin O’Conner
I emailed Martin O’Conner some questions which he has so far not responded:
Dear Mr Martin O’Conner
I am working on an article with the working title “Channel Seven, Capilano Honey and Addison Lawyers involved in judicial favours scam” which I intend publishing this weekend and I have a few questions.
- It is my understanding that you have only ever been the instructing solicitor in 2 defamation cases which is the matter which involves Kerry and Ryan Stokes suing me and the matter is known as “Munsie v Dowling” and the matter “Capilano Honey v Simon Mulvany”. Is that true?
- If question one is not true, then other than my matter “Munsie v Dowling” and the matter “Capilano Honey v Simon Mulvany” can you please advise how many other defamation cases have you been the instructing solicitor? Also can you please name the other defamation cases where you have been the instructing solicitor?
- It is also my understanding that you have no experience at all in defamation law. Is that true?
- Can you please advise what your expertise and experience is in defamation law?
- Can you please advise what other cases for Channel Seven, Kerry Stokes and Capilano Honey have you been the instructing solicitor?
- Can you confirm that your fellow Addisons Partner Justine Munsie is the lawyer who has the accounts of Kerry Stokes and his associated companies including Channel Seven and Capilano Honey?
- Can you also confirm that you are aware that your fellow Addisons Partner Justine Munsie is good friends with the NSW Supreme Court’s defamation list Judge Lucy McCullum?
- Can you also confirm that you only pretend to be in the instructing solicitor in the matters “Munsie v Dowling” and “Capilano Honey v Simon Mulvany” to help conceal the fact that the friendship between Justine Munsie and Justice Lucy McCallum is being utilised to benefit clients of Addisons Lawyers such as Kerry and Ryan Stokes?
Can you please respond by 5pm Saturday 24/9/16 so I can publish.
End of email
Admission by Capilano Honey and CEO Ben McKee
Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee failed to meet the court orders issued on the 22nd of July 2016 and file and serve their statement of claim by the 12th of August 2016. Mr Mulvany’s lawyers wrote to Capilano’s lawyers, Addisons Lawyers, offering an extension of time until the 24th of September to file the statement of claim. Addisons Lawyers did not respond to Mr Mulvany’s lawyers offer and as of yesterday the 24th of September 2016 they have not filed and served the statement of claim for Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee. Once again I regard this as admission that Simon Mulvany’s claim about Capilano selling toxic and poisonous honey to be true.
Simon Mulvany initiates counterclaim for defamation
On the advice of his lawyers Simon Mulvany has initiated the first step in a counterclaim against Capilano Honey for a defamatory article that their CEO posted on the Capilano Facebook page which I wrote about in the article I published last week. (Click here to read the article)
Kerry Stokes, his son Ryan Stokes and Capilano Honey have made many mistakes in the above legal battles and things certainly haven’t gone the way they planned with it heading towards being a massive scandal. Their only option now is to throw their lawyers, advisers and managers under a bus and blame them.
The frivolous and vexatious defamation battles that myself and Simon Mulvany are involved in are extremely important as they will set precedents in the old media versus new media battle. And when I say they will set precedents I do not mean in court, I mean they will set precedents in the online world. If myself and Mr Mulvany win, which I have no doubt we will, then that will send a message to the old media not to screw with the online world and public’s right to free speech.
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