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The all-star cast for Lachlan Murdoch’s legal drama falls into place
If Lachlan Murdoch is going to prevail in his defamation battle against small left-wing publisher Crikey, the News Corporation co-chairman will have to make his case to a judge who was previously the subject of an apprehended bias complaint by one of his own Australian newspapers, reports Nine Publishing’s Mark Di Stefano.
Justice Michael Wigney has been assigned to hear the case of Murdoch against Private Media, the publisher of Crikey. In 2019 he found News Corporation-owned The Daily Telegraph had defamed actor Geoffrey Rush.
During an appeal against Justice Wigney’s decision to award Rush $2.9 million in damages, The Daily Telegraph’s legal team argued the judge’s “tone” had given rise to an apprehension of bias in the case. The argument was later dropped and…