$1million lawsuit against Talamua Media discontinued

Talamua Media’s IT Manager, Lancelot Benedict Polu launching the Quick Response Code for its Samoa Business Directory in January this year as the President of the Samoa Manufacturers and Exporters Tagaloa Eddie Wilson who was the guest speaker at the launch looks on. 

APIA, MONDAY 10 AUGUST 2015: The $1million tālā defamation lawsuit against Talamua Media has been discontinued in the Supreme Court in Apia.

The application to discontinue was filed by the plaintiff, Auckland based lawyer Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe through local lawyer Leali’ifano Iopu Tanielu.

There are no issues as to each party’s costs.

Woodrooffe sued the multi-media company, Talamua Media & Publications Ltd, its founder and Editor in Chief Apulu Lance Polu and Senior Reporter Lagi Keresoma for a story published on Talamua Online in April last year about the lawyers’ former client who has lodged a complaint against her with the Samoa Law Society. The Law Society has yet to rule on the matter.

In discontinuing the case, Talamua Media’s founder, Apulu Lance Polu acknowledges the legal assistance from the London based Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) that secured one of New Zealand’s top defamation legal counsels, William Akel and partner Ben Upton of the legal firm of Simpson Grierson, Auckland, New Zealand, to handle the case.

The Media Legal Defence Initiative, that assists journalists and media outlets in defence of media freedom also made financial assistance towards the legal costs.

Talamua Media was founded in 1994 and owns the Online News Service www.talamua.com, the Samoa Business Directories www.samoabizdierctories.com and the Samoa FM Radio Stations in Samoa and Melbourne, Australia and provides commercial printing/publishing and 3D modeling services.

The defamation case however against the fourth defendant who made the original complaint to the Samoa Law Society continues. He has counter sued his former lawyer.

Chief Justice Patū Falefatu Sapolu suggested the matter be referred to mediation. Defence Lawyer Shane Wulf requested the Court for an earlier hearing date given his client’s age and health.

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