Judith Collins has kept her word; the Herald reports:
Justice Minister Judith Collins has initiated High Court defamation action against Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little but the two Labour MPs remain defiant, saying the case is unlikely to make it into the courthouse.Ms Collins in March said she would sue the two MPs and Radio New Zealand for comments they made during an interview on the state broadcaster which linked her to the leak of a sensitive email to her from former National Party president Michelle Boag.The High Court at Auckland yesterday confirmed proceedings against Mr Mallard and Mr Little had been filed on behalf of Ms Collins. However in a further sign Ms Collins has decided against suing Radio NZ, the broadcaster was not named in the papers.
Trevor Mallard is putting on a brave front:
Mr Mallard late yesterday confirmed he'd received a letter from Ms Collins' lawyers Morrison Kent informing him proceedings had been filed and asking him to co-operate in allowing papers to be served on him."I see no reason to co-operate in what is clearly a vexatious action."He did not believe a full court hearing on the matter would eventuate."A substantive trial is exceptionally unlikely.
Mr Mallard may be bullish now, but we would caution him to underestimate Judith Collins' resolve on this issue at his peril. Defending or initiating a legal action is costly, and Ms Collins must believe that she has a strong case.