Difficulties for Williams

A damning post by Peter Aranyi on the Judge’s setting aside of the jury award of ‘excessive damages’ in the Jordan Williams v Colin Craig defamation case: About that Jordan Williams damages award…

This highlights how damning Judge Katz’s ruling was.

Williams nor has some difficult decisions to make. Craig has indicated that he won’t agree to allowing the judge to determine damages, so this leaves three options (that I can think of):

  • A new trial
  • Walk away
  • Appeal Judge Katz’s ruling

Williams and his legal team have incurred large costs that I presume cannot be claimed off his opponent in the trial already held, unless Craig agrees to the judge deciding damages (he understandably doesn’t agree to that) and also costs, or if Williams wins an appeal and gets a substantial damages award plus costs.

If the new trial option is taken then I presume no costs can be sought on the case that has been set aside, so Jordan has an unrecoverable big bill before he starts a new case.

In a new trial a number of claims by Williams can’t (surely) be repeated after Katz pointed out that they were false and that Williams had lied.

So a new trial would have less material to claim on.

And Judge Katz has set a benchmark indication of appropriate costs that are far less than what the last trial jury awarded.

There’s a chance that Williams would lose altogether. Or he could win small – and not get anything like a recovery on his costs over the two trials.

Obviously walking away would also be costly for Williams.

He and his legal team have some decisions to make. The risks of losing are higher, and the chances of coming out ahead financially are doubtful.

And Williams’ reputation has been severely damaged, more so from his own actions than Craig’s.

I expect he will be watching Craig V Slater with interest – and possibly trepidation – before making a decision on what to do.

Dirty politics may have succeeded in killing off Craig’s political ambitions, but it has also resulted in self inflicted wounds on Williams too, in both the political and legal worlds.

15 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  April 19, 2017

    couldn’t happen to a ..nicer guy…I guess taking one for the team’…never worried him….so!

  2. Sally

     /  April 19, 2017

    Dirty politics may have succeeded in killing off Craig’s political ambitions, but it has also resulted in self inflicted wounds on Williams too, in both the political and legal worlds.

    Williams real issue isn’t loyalty to Slater its stupidity for still clinging to the HMS Whaleoil as it’s been sinking for 2.5 years now. He’s gone to court, probably had to mortgage the family home to do so, seen his own mother listen to all the terrible things said about him and just as she was about to get over it Katz J comes in and delivers the knock out blow that he used girls for his own gain and lied to another lawyer which in itself is enough for a sturdy complaint to the law society.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  April 19, 2017

      yes Sally … Nice conclusion, much like my own. 😉
      Very embarrassing in front of his mother all his dirty little secrets; secret NO more.
      And he is well deserved of the shame he is, should be wallowing in.

      • Gezza

         /  April 19, 2017

        He even *thumped* the witness box ledge like a pansy 😡❗️

        • Gezza

           /  April 19, 2017

          Gotta go. Welly hospital just won’t leave me alone ! Catch yous later.

          • Pickled Possum

             /  April 19, 2017

            Up date plz or your just skivvying off for the arvo 😉
            Is there a Nurse Jackie waiting for you in the downstairs car park or something!
            Or are they gonna ‘do a few tests’ then ‘let you know what the hapz is’
            This saga could take years to come thru, I’ve heard Gez bro.

            Seems medickal insurance smooths the way for a quick and speedy diagnosis
            Got any of that?
            Do you think it maybe needed in lieu of un-efficiently run DHB;=’s?
            Apart from FAB service at your local Welly Hosp; what else is Fab.
            Hope you oky doky and at lest get some do-nuts an meat pies on the way home.

  3. Pete Kane

     /  April 19, 2017

    Looking to the next show in ‘the series’, wonder if Cam will bring in the former PM as an ‘expert witness’ in the way Colin brought in Bomber?

    • Pickled Possum

       /  April 19, 2017

      That would be a Hoot to watch to be sure Pete,
      All under Oath
      Oh the squirming,
      the court house would be writhing like a awakened maggot pile.

      Just an aside; what exactly is the former pm EXPERT at?

      Take your time … in your own words.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 19, 2017

        >>> Sorry PP….couldn’t resist 😛

        • Gezza

           /  April 19, 2017

          [Deleted for consistency]

          • Nelly Smickers

             /  April 19, 2017

            Couldn’t resist either, eh Geez ❓

            :p

          • Bill Brown

             /  April 19, 2017

            How annoying that was deleted

          • Gezza

             /  April 19, 2017

            😕 I’ll try to be more inconsistent. 😀

            • Bill Brown

               /  April 19, 2017

              You’ll go great at The Standard 😂😂😂😂

            • Gezza

               /  April 19, 2017

              (btw, it was a pony’s tail: I wasn’t suggesting Nelly was a horse’s arse) 😕