Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Signs May Come Down

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Signs May Come Down

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Byline: Pamela Frost Pamela.Frost@apn.com.au

A MACKAY business director will find out next week if he will be forced to take down signs on his truck that refer to a former Rockhampton building company director as a "snake".

Former director of Rockhampton's JM Kelly Project Builders, Geoff Murphy, has taken Mackay business owner Michael Barfield to court, claiming signs on Mr Barfield's trucks have defamed him.

The signs include claims that Mr Murphy's company owed him $600,000.

Mr Murphy has applied to the District Court in Brisbane to order Mr Barfield to stop displaying the signs until a trial is held regarding Mr Murphy's defamation claim.

At a hearing in Brisbane, Mr Murphy's barrister John Peden said there were four signs -- two identical -- that had been displayed in areas including Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Mackay. He said one of the signs said sub-contractors were owed money.

He said there would be no defamation case if the signs only referred to the company but he said the signs affected Mr Murphy's reputation. …

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