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    Oh dear Terri - it's all coming out now, eh? Wildlife Warrior my ass.....

    Terri Irwin faces Victorian legal battle
    March 5, 2008 - 3:59PM


    Steve Irwin's widow Terri is facing a gruelling legal fight against a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving a complex loan deal with an offshore bank.

    The wife of the late Crocodile Hunter and their Australia Zoo today lost a bid to have the case moved from Victoria and heard in Irwin's home state of Queensland.

    The zoo is being sued for $2.5 million and Ms Irwin for $60,000 by a debt collection company over unpaid "bills of exchange" - unconditional promises to pay money as part of their involvement in an alleged tax minimisation scheme.

    Debt collector Alyssa Treasury Services, which took over several debts allegedly owed to various overseas companies and banks, is also chasing dozens of other parties also said to be involved in the scheme.

    Lawyers for Ms Irwin and the zoo argued that Queensland was a more appropriate venue for the case because most potential witnesses were based there and the claim by Alyssa was brought under commonwealth law.

    But Victorian County Court Judge Maree Kennedy today rejected the application, saying she wasn't satisfied the Supreme Court of Queensland was the appropriate court to hear the matter.

    "The cause of action herein has a strong connection with this state (Victoria)," Judge Kennedy ruled.

    "On the evidence at this stage, it appears that issue, acceptance and endorsement of the bill (of exchange) have all taken place in Victoria."

    Judge Kennedy said she accepted that a Queensland connection could become more significant as the case proceeded, adding that she would reserve the right of Ms Irwin and Australia Zoo to further apply in future to have the case moved to their home state if fresh evidence was produced.

    Documents provided to the court last week reveal 99 separate defendants around Australia are being pursued by Alyssa.

    Of those, 39 are based in Queensland, 27 in Victoria, 16 each in South Australia and NSW and one in the ACT.

    Alyssa alleges several parties, including Ms Irwin and the zoo, promised but failed to pay large sums of money in connection with the loan.

    A trial at the Victorian County Court is expected to begin in October.

    Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray barb while filming a documentary in September 2006.

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    could it be the reason that Steve's dad quit the zoo?
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    Guess she better start pimping her kid out even more to make a little extra change. Momma needs a good lawyer.

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    The zoo is being sued for $2.5 million and Ms Irwin for $60,000
    I don't know what kind of revenue the zoo rakes in, but honestly, I'd think 2.5 million would be very doable for them to keep this out of the headlines. Certainly Terri has $60k, so I'm surprised she wouldn't fork over the cash, or at least a make an attractive settlement offer just to keep it quiet.
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    I think she will play the "grieving widow single mom victim" card.
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    Her opportunist attitude makes me ill.

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    Maybe she'll try to pay in Bindies. I hear that's a currency now.
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    It all comes out in the wash, doesn't it?

    Terri is such a steaming bullshit artist.
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