A Supreme Court judge has found an ABC broadcaster engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and acted in breach of his ­duties as a director.

Chaser star Julian Morrow is potentially facing a damages bill of more than $430,000, but has been awarded $35,000 in general and aggravated damages after it was found he was defamed by his former business partner Nick Murray…

Judge James Stevenson also found Morrow lied during ­attempts to settle and breached a joint venture agreement between his company and Mr Murray’s.

Morrow – represented by high-profile barrister Sue Chrysanthou – submitted 26 affidavits sworn by a variety of personalities, including senator Kristina Keneally, Labor MP Tony Burke, commentator Norman Swan and ABC veteran Phillip Adams, who all attested to his good character.

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15 Responses to Judgement

  1. C.L. says:

    Ryan Young’s court report in the Herald Sun is better:

    Despite engaging in misleading and unlawful conduct, TV funnyman Julian Morrow has been awarded $35k in damages after his former business partner sent defamatory emails about him to the ABC following a bitter dispute over a cancelled comedy show.

    Mr Morrow, of The Chaser fame, sued veteran producer Nick Murray, accusing him of sending defamatory emails after the ABC axed The Checkout.

    Between 2013 and 2018, The Checkout was produced as a venture jointly owned by Mr Morrow’s business, Giant Dwarf, and Mr Murray’s company, Cordell Jigsaw.

    The ABC put the show on hiatus in 2018 because of funding problems and a devastated Mr Morrow launched a campaign criticising the decision and putting pressure on executives at the national broadcaster to reconsider the decision.

    In March 2019, the court heard Mr Morrow asked the ABC to consider funding Are You Being Served? – another consumer affairs show.

    During the previous month, Mr Morrow was negotiating the possible sale of Cordell Jigsaw’s stake in the joint venture company, Jigsaw Dwarf, with Mr Murray.

    In April 2019, a share sale agreement was executed and Mr Morrow purchased Mr Murray’s stake in the joint venture for $50, with the pair agreeing to abide by a series of terms and conditions.

    Delivering his findings in the case on Wednesday, NSW Supreme Court Justice James Stevenson said Mr Morrow acted unlawfully and “engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct”.

    “During those negotiations, Mr Morrow did not mention to Mr Murray that he was, at the same time, in effect negotiating with the ABC to re-badge his proposed Are You Being Served program as the seventh series of The Checkout, subject only to a successful culmination of his negotiations with Mr Murray concerning Cordell Jigsaw’s shares in the joint venture company,” Justice Stevenson said.

    “Mr Murray had no knowledge of Mr Morrow’s communications with the ABC, nor the advanced state of his negotiations with them. Mr Morrow, in effect, instructed the ABC not to inform Mr Murray of those matters.”

    Justice Stevenson said immediately after the share sales agreement was executed, Mr Morrow told the ABC and said “we should now proceed” to produce a seventh season of The Checkout.

    The behaviour was a “breach of the implied term” of an agreement Mr Morrow made to disclose opportunities to Mr Murray, the court heard.

    The court ruling now means the share sale agreement can be rescinded and while Justice Stevenson found Mr Morrow acted in breach of his duties as a director of the joint venture company, Mr Murray has been ordered to pay $35k in damages because of how he responded to being misled.

    Justice Stevenson found Mr Murray made false representations to ABC executives, which suggested Mr Morrow had engaged in fraud and never paid to buy Cordell Jigsaw’s stake in the joint venture.

    The court was told representation made by Mr Murray that suggested it was Mr Morrow’s conduct which caused The Checkout to end – rather than be put on hiatus – was true.

    “In substance, I have found Mr Morrow’s conduct did cause this to happen,” Justice Stevenson told the court.

  2. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Nobody’s girl is a fraud and perpetual hypocrite…..running in Fowler and now turning up at a Vietnamese Catholic Church to receive communion. Back in 2017 this putrid woman wrote the following in The Malcolm Guardian…

    ““Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam.”.”

  3. cuckoo says:

    All this fuss over a show nobody ever watched. On the other hand, if the ABC brought back The Checkout Chicks from the old Norman Gunston show.

    Now if only someone would sue that boring prat Craig Reucassel. On the Michael Mosley/Norman Swan scale of boring pratdom, he’s an 11.

  4. C.L. says:

    The meta-story here is The Chaser using the ABC as an ATM for 30 years.

  5. C.L. says:

    Note that Yankee Keneally misspells ‘judgment.’

  6. local oaf says:

    Note that Yankee Keneally misspells ‘judgment.’

    My Oxford dictionary shows judgment as the main spelling, but lists judgement as an alternative.

  7. C.L. says:

    In British/Australian usage, it’s judgement.

  8. local oaf says:

    In British/Australian usage, it’s judgement.

    In the 1930s, my mum was a shorthand typist in the government (South Australia).
    She got called into the office by her boss who berated her over her spelling of judgement – I don’t remember which she’d used.
    The boss actually proceeded to ring the university English department to get their ruling while the timid frightened teenage girl had to stand waiting in front of his desk.

    Apparently the university don backed up mum’s spelling much to the displeasure of the boss.

    Those were the days, grown men trembled in fear and would run when summoned as they were terrified of losing their jobs at the height of the depression.

    If only politicians could be treated like that now!

  9. Riversutra says:

    The meta-story here is The Chaser using the ABC as an ATM for 30 years.

    The Chaser team always refer to themselves as the Chaser boys but they are all middle aged men who have never done anything not paid for by the ABC.
    Which means they have lived off the taxpayer for decades during which they have continually insulted half those taxpayers with Uni revue adolescent snigger snigger type “comedy”. Always , always directed at only one side of the politic body.
    As for Keneally, all someone running against her has to do is take an aerial shot of her Scotland Island home with the caption “and where did you spend Lockdown?” and stick that pamphlet in every letter box in Fuller. With a map on the back showing the distance from Scotland Island to the Fowler electorate. Done and Dusted.

  10. Lee says:

    How can the PM call a private citizen (John Howard) “into line” for anything, let alone for providing a character reference for a man (Cardinal Pell) cleared by the High Court 7-0?

    KKK is a sick joke and is in good company with Penny Wong.

  11. Fat Tony says:

    C.L. says:
    14 April, 2022 at 10:19 am
    In British/Australian usage, it’s judgement.

    In Queensland in the 1960s, we were taught the correct spelling was “judgment”

  12. Gab says:

    Kristina Keaneally the ”catholic”.

  13. Shy Ted says:

    I watched 3 minutes of it once. Just woeful.

  14. Entropy says:

    Queenslanders were infiltrated and bothered by oversexed and over here GIs in the Second World War.

    We should not be blamed for poor spelling.

  15. Fat Tony says:

    Queenslanders were infiltrated and bothered by oversexed and over here GIs in the Second World War.

    Don’t forget “over paid”

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