Former Palmer employee wants to sue Clive for defamation

FORMER Coolum Resort manager Bill Schoch claimed his former employer Clive Palmer defamed him five times, but a court ruled this morning he is allowed to sue for only two of these.

Mr Schoch filed a court case against Mr Palmer claiming his former boss defamed him when speaking to media about a previous case they were both involved in.

Mr Schoch claimed Mr Palmer defamed him five times, but three of these were outside the one-year period for filing defamation claims.

The former resort manager applied to Brisbane Supreme Court seeking permission to file his case even though it was outside the cut-off period.

Justice Peter Applegarth dismissed Mr Schoch's application this morning.

Mr Schoch argued he filed the claim late because it was unwise and not reasonable for him to file for defamation before the previous court case was heard.

This previous case involved Mr Schoch suing Mr Palmer for damages following dispute about his employment.

But in his judgment this morning, Justice Applegarth said he was not persuaded an earlier claim would have been counterproductive to the other court case.

Speaking outside court in Brisbane following Justice Applegarth's ruling, Mr Schoch said he was keen for the defamation case to go to trial.

"This is just something that needs to be sorted out and the court procedure is there for that," he said. "Mr Palmer may win, I may win, but at least it'll get it over and done with (and) we can move on and get on with our lives."


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