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Statement Regarding Whale Oil Defamation Trial


The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council (NZFGC) is
pleased to hear this long-running Court proceeding is
effectively now at an end.

However, NZFGC wishes to
reiterate it did not pay anyone to write any stories on its
behalf on Whale Oil, or any other publication. Nor was NZFGC
otherwise involved in any such stories.

This was made
abundantly clear to Professor Sellman, Professor Swinburn
and Mr Bradbrook throughout the Court process.

Their
claim against NZFGC and its CEO, Mrs Katherine Rich, was
settled on this basis as far as NZFGC and Mrs Rich are
concerned.

We are concerned by a press statement in
the name of Mr Shane Bradbrook that creates the impression
he received a payment from NZFGC, when the opposite is true
(Dirty
PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial | Scoop
News
)

We made clear to Mr Bradbrook numerous times
prior to and during proceedings that we had never heard of
him or his organisation, Te Reo Marama, before the case. The
plaintiffs accepted this. After some years, Mr Bradbrook
discontinued his claim against NZFGC, and in October 2019 he
had to make a payment to NZFGC for court
costs.

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