Legal costs incurred defending alleged defamation claims of the LVVTA and Mr Tony Johnson.
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Legal costs for alleged defamation of the LVVTA and Mr Tony Johnson, for pointing out dangers of the LVV System
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I was a Low Volume Vehicle certifier for 12 years, before having my authority revoked by NZTA in 2012.
Integral to my business, I published a website www.lowvolumevehicle.co.nz
My website operated as a news and resource site for vehicle modifiers and certifiers in NZ, (re)publishing information relevant to low volume vehicle certification.
As a registered Engineering Associate, I am required to abide by a Code of Ethics which states “uphold the public interest, especially in the matters of health & safety”. Working within the low volume vehicle certification process, I identified a number of aspects of the system that fell way below standards expected of NZ’ers of such public bodies and with the risk of endangering lives.
I published this information on my web site and Tony Johnson and the LVVTA considered a number of articles and statements defamatory.
Legal action filed against me
Proceedings were commenced against me by Mr Johnson and the LVVTA (the Plaintiffs). An “Application for an Interim injunction” was filed with the sole intention for the Court to make orders against me to take down my web site. I removed certain 3rd party material, statements and cartoons.
I did not and could not afford full legal representation, but did engage professional legal advice to review my defence. My costs to date are $8,000.
On December 14th, 2015 the Plaintiffs application for an injunction was denied by the Court as it was not considered necessary in protecting the interests of the plaintiffs pending trial. Further, the Judge noted that as a lay litigant, I may be entitled to claim for disbursements including costs associated with professional advice.
On December 17th, 2015 Mr Johnson & LVVTA filed proceedings to take their defamation claims to a full hearing.
My defence is and will continue to be, that material has been taken down and what remains is in the public interest within my rights under the NZ Bill of Rights 1990 3(b).
A review by NZTA of LVVTA commenced in September 2015 with the commission of Standards NZ to conduct a survey of all users of the low volume vehicle system. These results will form the backbone of an ongoing review and hopefully changes to the system I have long held concerns about.
NEWS: 17th March 2016 The High Court has NOT AWARDED ME COSTS, so I still need to find money to cover my legal costs.
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I am a professional engineer with 50 years experience. I have designed and built many cars, trucks, and vehicle assembly facilities. I have worked on design of roads, bridges, cranes, transmission towers, and buildings, and operation, maintenance and upgrade of hydro and gas turbine power stations. I was a LVV Certifier for 13 years. I have long been a whistle-blower, expressing the view that the LVV system is dangerously deficient. My authority was revoked in December 2012.
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