Retractions ordered in Woodside case
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PERTH, Dec 4 AAP
December 04 2012, 7:34PM
A Perth court has forced a former Woodside executive to retract parts of a defamation case against the oil and gas giant.
Jill Mustard, who was one of the company's top-ranking female executives until 2009, in May last year won a $170,000 sexual discrimination claim against her former employer, which demoted her after she took maternity leave.
In March this year, Ms Mustard launched another case against Woodside, claiming its former chief executive Don Voelte had defamed her in front of delegates at the 2011 Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference.
She seeks a payment of $50,000 and a letter of apology to settle the matter.
Ms Mustard also said in her statement of claim that she was defamed in a March 2011 media statement by Woodside.
She said the media statement inferred she was a liar, by disputing her claim the sexual discrimination matter had been settled, when it was not yet settled.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court of Western Australia judge Rene Le Miere ordered that this part of her argument be struck out of her statement of claim, finding Woodside had not suggested Ms Mustard was a liar by saying the settlement had not occurred.