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Tim Worner has been backed by the board to remain as CEO of Seven West Media.
Tim Worner has been backed by the board to remain as CEO of Seven West Media

 

The San Francisco owner of a blog platform is refusing to take down confidential legal advice given to former Seven West Media executive assistant Amber Harrison which remains on the web in defiance of a Federal Court order.

Court orders were made on Monday by Justice Anthony North which ordered the blog site to remove the leaked letters from Ms Harrison’s former lawyers Harmers Workplace Lawyers which were posted anonymously and paint an unflattering picture of Ms Harrison’s legal prospects against her former employer.

Ms Harrison was due to return to court on Tuesday and again on Thursday afternoon to seek orders to find out who is behind the leak but the hearing was adjourned until next Friday as the US-based company continues to defy the Australian court order.

The US legal system usually recognises Australian court orders but they are judged on a case-by-case basis.

Tim Worner and Amber Harrison are at the centre of an ugly court battle.
Tim Worner and Amber Harrison are at the centre of an ugly court battle. Fairfax Media

The case raises serious questions about the proliferation of global websites and the power of Australian courts over tech giants like Google and Facebook in the face of ‘fake news’, defamation and other legal issues.

The warring parties have been ordered to come together for a court-ordered mediation in Melbourne on July 1, despite Seven’s lawyers claiming “there is no utility” in another negotiation and Seven West director Jeff Kennett vowing not to pay Ms Harrison another cent. Seven’s case in the NSW Supreme Court for breaching a settlement agreement after Ms Harrison took to Twitter to leak documents about her affair with Mr Worner also continues.

Jeff Kennett has vowed not to pay Amber Harrison another cent.
Jeff Kennett has vowed not to pay Amber Harrison another cent. Supplied

Read more: http://www.afr.com/business/legal/us-blog-defies-amber-harrison-court-order-20170525-gwczsi#ixzz4i5NGneUT
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