|Alastair 'Ally' Cooper|
Bangkok Southern Court today dismissed a summary judgement application in a civil damages claim in a defamation case brought by Alastair 'Ally' Cooper against Brian Goudie, Drew Noyes and David Hanks.
Cooper, a UK offshore worker, is suing the trio for damages of THB 5,000,000 (GBP 100,000) alleging comments made in a Google 'blogspot' were defamatory.
The case was filed under Power of Attorney given by Cooper to Kanokrat Booth, but the Court found that case documents had not been served according to law, and accepted defence submissions that the summary judgement application was invalid and the case was flawed by procedural error, and must now go to a full trial.
Lawyers for Goudie, Noyes and Hanks following the order for dismissal being handed down immediately advised the Court that a counter claim would now be filed, and consideration given to an application to stay proceedings pending the outcome of criminal charges already filed against Cooper.
Lawyers advised the Court that Goudie has filed a case under Thailand's Computer Crimes Act against Cooper as a joint defendant with journalist Andrew Drummond, and Noyes has filed a similar case in Pattaya - both cases are awaiting summonses being served.
Cooper had previously described his case as a 'guaranteed winner'.