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Collerton v. Maclean
New Zealand Supreme Court
 NZLR 1045
Four executive committee members of a freezing trade union (defendants) signed a requisition calling for a meeting of the union’s executive council to discuss the union secretary’s (plaintiffs) alleged undermining tactics and tardiness in performing the secretary’s duties. The requisition alleged that the secretary’s dilatory conduct was causing disharmony throughout the freezing industry. The statements were further published by the secretary when—as part of the secretary’s official duties—the secretary forwarded a copy of the requisition to each member of the executive committee and gave notice of the meeting. At the meeting, the words of the requisition were recorded in the minutes. The secretary sued for libel. The executive members denied publication.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McGregor, J.)
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