Adam Bennett at NZ 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.
They also said they didn't think she would file in court, so their track record on this is not good. I thought Trevor and Andrew would welcome the chance to prove in court that what they said is true.
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.”
Oh dear, this means that Trevor is going to play hide from the lawyers, rather than man up. Expect several weeks of Trevor cowering in parliament where he can't be served.
UPDATE: Little is also refusing to accept service. I think both men are idiots. The average Joe Public think the sort of people who avoid court documents being served on them are gang members and criminals. Little rather hysterically says:
Labour MP Andrew Little says acc Minister Judith Collins will have to hire ”thuggish characters” to serve defamation proceedings against him and fellow Labour MP Trevor Mallard after the pair refused to cooperate with demands from her lawyer.
I've got the perfect person for the job. He has had to collect debts off gang members and the like, so this should be easy fodder for him – Whale Oil!
Just give the papers to Cam, and a travel allowance and I'm sure he'll have them served within a few days.