EMBATTLED former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has won the first round of a defamation ­battle against self-styled "shadow Ipswich mayor" Gary Duffy.

District Court judge Richard Jones has ordered Duffy to pay Pisasale's costs incurred in his successful bid to strike out Duffy's 120-page long defence.
 

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale talks to the media in Brisbane, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Mr Pisasale responded to a Crime and Corruption Commission report into transparency and accountability in local government.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale talks to the media in Brisbane, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Mr Pisasale responded to a Crime and Corruption Commission report into transparency and accountability in local government. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Mr Duffy, who is representing himself in court, was sued by Pisasale in February over posts he made to a Facebook page between October and December last year.

Pisasale is seeking general damages of $380,500 and $250,000 in aggravated damages claiming his reputation has been tarnished with "false allegations of serious criminal behaviour".

In a defence which has now been struck out, Mr Duffy claimed a defence of justification by reason of substantial truth, and also claimed Pisasale can't sue for defamation because he is a corporation.

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