War­ring Wrights told to me­di­ate their ore claim

Pilbara News - - News - Tim Clarke

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.

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