It’s been almost two years since a judge threw out a defamation claim against Andy Wightman and a ludicrous claim for £750,000 damages against him, made by Dr Paul O’Donoghue of Wildcat Haven Enterprises [and Wilder Britain and Lynx UK Trust and various other assorted outfits], who had argued that Andy had published, with malice, defamatory material on his blog, on Twitter and on Facebook in 2015 and 2016 (see here).
Andy’s defence drew widespread support and he successfully crowdfunded approx £170K to help fund legal representation.
Since he won the case, Andy has been waiting to find out whether his legal costs would be paid for by O’Donoghue.
[Andy Wightman with a young golden eagle. Photo by Ruth Tingay]
Many of this blog’s readers donated to Andy’s crowdfunder and those who did would have received the following email from Andy yesterday:
Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC vs Wightman Expenses
Following my previous email, I am pleased to report that I have been awarded expenses of £170, 973.31. My final legal bill will be short of £200,000. The pursuer [O’Donaghue] has 14 days in which to object to the award.
There is a £110,000 bond of caution lodged in the Court of Session [from the pursuer] which will be released once the settlement is finalised.
With another £25,000-£30,000 of expenses I anticipate refunding £80,000 of the approx. £170,000 raised in crowdfunded donations and so you can anticipate being offered over 45% of your donation. Options to donate to two good causes, to support my ongoing campaigning work, or to claim a refund will be offered. I hope to be in touch again shortly.
Best wishes, Andy