BREAKING: Amber Harrison Ordered To Pay All Of Seven’s Court Costs

BREAKING: Amber Harrison Ordered To Pay All Of Seven’s Court Costs
SHARE
THIS



Amber Harrison has this afternoon been ordered to pay all of Channel Seven’s legal costs following her ongoing dispute with the broadcaster.

Justice John Sackar ordered Harrison to pay Seven’s costs in the NSW Supreme Court. Harrison was not present to hear the verdict.

The costs have been estimated to range anywhere from $250,000 to well over the $1 million-mark.

The Judge today described the case as having “been engulfed in a vitriolic atmosphere”, but said it was “necessary and appropriate” for Seven to be compensated for their legal costs.

“The defendant (Harrison) has not satisfied me of any grounds for why she should not pay the costs,” Sackar said, his comments reported on News Corp sites.

“The allegations from both sides whether entirely true or not have often been personal, scandalous and sadly ripe for media and public consumption.

“In relation to the question of costs, I think there should be an order that the defendant pay the costs on an indemnity basis.

“If I may add, litigation is a serious business with serious consequences for plaintiffs and defendants, winners and losers alike.”

On 7th July Harrison announced she would no longer be taking any action against Seven in the NSW Supreme Court for failing to provide a safe workplace; however, this opened her up to having to foot Seven’s substantial legal bills.

Harrison’s tweets from this afternoon:

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 1.47.38 pm

Harrison has agreed to a court-ordered gag that prevents her from talking publicly about her affair with Seven CEO Tim Worner or releasing sensitive documents that are allegedly in her possession.

“I have made a realistic assessment of the court case and am choosing not to run it on Monday. I’ve asked my legal team not to represent me,” Harrison tweeted at the time.

Last week, Harrison told the court via telephone hook-up that she has no means to pay Seven and would most likely declare bankruptcy. Harrison described any costs as “punitive and pointless” because she couldn’t pay it anyway.

“Seven and I have been involved in a marathon three year, brutal and unnecessarily protracted legal process,” Harrison said.

“Seven have half a dozen lawyers in the room today. Seven are professional litigators, their pockets for litigation are deep and their appetite for it is endless.

“They are getting their injunction, their trial, their win and all the orders they seek.

“Seven seeking costs against me will drive me into bankruptcy. I am a foster parent and if I have costs against me, it will affect my family.

“I should not be punished by the court system for taking a stand,” she said.

However, Seven’s QC Andrew Bell said the court knew nothing of Harrison’s financial situation only that the broadcaster had paid her a $400,000 payout despite breaching the conditions of the termination – namely surrounding confidentiality and speaking to media.

 

Latest News

Women In Media Profile: Tanya Orman
  • Media

Women In Media Profile: Tanya Orman

Always wanted to know what makes Tanya Orman tick? Well, this profile's got more ticks than Einstein's HSC results.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Ogilvy Brisbane ECD Phil Nobay Departs
  • Advertising

Ogilvy Brisbane ECD Phil Nobay Departs

Ogilvy Brisbane ECD Phil Nobay has departed amid reports of an anonymous willy drawn on the leaving card.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Ipsos Appoints Ex-Nielsen Exec As CEO Of South East Asia
  • Media

Ipsos Appoints Ex-Nielsen Exec As CEO Of South East Asia

Ipsos chairman and CEO Didier Truchot has appointed former Nielsen executive Suresh Ramalingam as CEO of South East Asia. Ramalingam’s remit includes Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, with immediate effect. Ramalingam joins Ipsos from Nielsen, where he worked for more than two decades in various leadership roles covering the Middle East and Africa, South East […]

adblock popup web banner concept. isolated vector
  • Opinion

How To Reach The Unreachables

The unreachables may sound like the Indian caste system but, as you'll learn here, it's some newfangled marketing term.

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Instagram Video: We Are Living In A Vertical World
  • Co-Lab

Instagram Video: We Are Living In A Vertical World

The way people record, share and replay their lives has changed dramatically since the advent of Facebook-owned Instagram. Once a place where only static, filtered photos could be uploaded, Instagram now offers photo and video uploads, shopping features, direct messaging and several other tools serving users and businesses. However, for Instagram head of business Jim Squires […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Yes! It’s Virtual Reality Demystified
  • Co-Lab

Yes! It’s Virtual Reality Demystified

Virtual Reality has been a staple of science fiction for some time, Though, in terms of real-life application, the world is still coming to grips with what the tool can offer us. In recent years, tech experts, doctors, medical students and videographers have used the tool as a way of exploring worlds not normally accessed in […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Facebook Messenger: The New Age Of Communications
  • Co-Lab

Facebook Messenger: The New Age Of Communications

The unparalleled success of Facebook-owned Messenger can be pinned down to its ear to the ground approach with users. Consistently listening to its user base of more than one billion, Messenger’s ability to stay not only on trend but well ahead of it has allowed the app to become a global tool for communication; be that […]

Industry Generates A Record $10.5m For Social Impact
  • Media

Industry Generates A Record $10.5m For Social Impact

UnLtd, the media, marketing and creative industry’s social purpose organisation has announced a total industry contribution of $10.5m to social impact in FY18. The total value of funds, services, inventory and time donated by the media, marketing and creative industry increased by 21per cent compared to the previous financial year due to a growth in […]

Women In Media Profile: Danni Wright
  • Media

Women In Media Profile: Danni Wright

We'd be headlining Danni Wright's Women in Media profile the "Wright stuff" if it wasn't utterly predictable and naff.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Posterscope Promotes Two
  • Media

Posterscope Promotes Two

Posterscope, Dentsu Aegis Network’s specialist out-of-home agency, has promoted Ryan Hedditch to the newly created position of national head of strategy and Samantha Summers to Sydney Group Business Director. In his new role, Hedditch is charged with driving the continual improvement and transformation of the Posterscope offering to clients and partners. Summers’ promotion will see her lead […]

Outbrain Accelerates Growth With APAC Promotions
  • Media

Outbrain Accelerates Growth With APAC Promotions

Native discovery platformOutbrain has announced several movements in its regional leadership team, with plans to make more new hires. This comes on the heels of two senior appointments it made in February, after closing a record year in the region with expansion into new markets. Yoav Tourel has been promoted to head of sales for […]

Clems Syd & Extra GUM Unveil YouTube Digital Stage
  • Media

Clems Syd & Extra GUM Unveil YouTube Digital Stage

YouTube EXTRA Gum has launched EXTRA Support Acts, a program created to support Australia’s up and coming musicians by transforming pre-roll ads on YouTube into a digital support stage. It has been created in partnership with Clemenger BBDO Sydney as creative lead, Universal Music Australia and BRING for talent and music strategy and content, MediaCom and YouTube. The […]

OMD Australia Tops 2018 RECMA Rankings
  • Media

OMD Australia Tops 2018 RECMA Rankings

OMD Australia has taken the top spot for Australia’s Number 1 media agency in size, according to RECMA’s 2018 ‘Overall Activity Volume Rankings’ report released last week. Additionally, the company was named first in profile classification with a dominant profile for the 3rd consecutive year, along with vitality ranking and structure ranking. Furthermore, OMD Australia was also named […]

Red Agency Bolsters Sydney Team
  • Media

Red Agency Bolsters Sydney Team

Judging by the image, it seems Red Agency may have had no staff whatsoever prior to this hiring spree.

Nine Appoints Editor For 9Honey
  • Media

Nine Appoints Editor For 9Honey

B&T's editor coincidentally spilled honey on his shirt while typing this. And by typing, we mean copy and pasting.

Y&R Sydney Scores Best&Less   
  • Advertising
  • Media

Y&R Sydney Scores Best&Less  

Y&R wins Best&Less amid rumours the clothing shop its changing name to 'Somewhat OK&Reasonably cheap'.