Warring Wrights told to mediate their ore claim
Mining billionaire Angela Bennett, lawyers for her deceased brother Michael Wright and the warring family’s “black sheep” brother Julian have been told to try to mediate what could become one of Australia’s biggest common-law fraud cases. Winery owner Julian Wright, 68, has accused his siblings of engaging in fraud to cheat him out of his share of one of the country’s biggest iron ore fortunes.
In a WA Supreme Court writ lodged this year, Julian Wright alleges his brother and sister “fraudulently misrepresented” the future value of the company his father founded and those “misrepresentations” led him to believe the family iron ore deposits in the Pilbara were of minimal value.
Mrs Bennett, who has previously gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid publicity, immediately said she would vigorously defend the claim and definitively ruled out returning to the negotiating table.
But last week, at a case management hearing, both sides agreed they would consider possible talks after lawyers for Mrs Bennett fired the first shots.
A Supreme Court registrar gave Julian Wright’s lawyers until the end of the month to meet the deadline.