Lachlan Murdoch and Fairfax end legal stoush

By By David Blight | 19 September 2012
Lachlan Murdoch.

Lachlan Murdoch has ended his legal battle with Fairfax Media and settled out of court, after the media company was accused of defamation.

A source close to Murdoch confirmed that a settlement had in fact been reached, while a story in The Australian this morning reported $50,000 in compensation would be given to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

The settlement also included an apology in Fairfax's CBD column in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The court case was launched after a story was published which claimed Murdoch had been using a News Corp jet while Network Ten had suffered.

The article in question said, in part: “The annual report of [Rupert Murdoch's] media empire … reveals that Uncle Rupert has himself been spending much time aloft, in the company's private jet. Son Lachlan has also been flying high, unlike the ratings of Ten Network, where he is a director.”

There were two problems with the article. Firstly, a source close to Murdoch said he had not used the corporate jet in seven years. Secondly, it was claimed the article was defamatory because it might infer Murdoch was “flying high” when he should have been looking at his duties at Ten.

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