PremiAir sent five invoices to Mineralogy for work on the aircraft, totaling $ 586,760.08, between July and October last year.
Mineralogy paid $ 624,879.25 for the work over six transactions. The difference between the invoiced amount and the amount paid was not explained in the documents.
“At all significant times, Mineralogy did not own the aircraft,” the mining company claims in court documents.
“The work was not approved by Mineralogy or by any person on behalf of Mineralogy.
“Mineralogy paid PremiAir amounts in proportion to the invoices in the erroneous view that it was under a legal obligation to do so, further or alternatively, that PremiAir was legally entitled to payment.”
Last November, a Mineralogy lawyer wrote to PremiAir demanding the money back, claiming that they had “been wrongly paid”.
Through its lawyers, PremiAir denied “liability for the amount claimed”.
Mineralogy is seeking payment of $ 624,879.25 in the case as well as interest and costs. PremiAir has not yet archived documents.
On its website, PremiAir describes itself as a range of services in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland, including maintenance, special aircraft modifications, upgrades, renovations and installation of systems used by pilots.
This is not the first time Mr Palmer’s eight-seater Cessna and its ownership have been the subject of legal proceedings.
The beam – previously described as being $ 5 million – was seized by liquidators of the collapsed company Queensland Nickel in 2016 and held at Gold Coast Airport for more than a year while its ownership was decided in the Supreme Court.
Liquidators argued that Queensland Nickel was the rightful owner of the aircraft, while Mr Palmer claimed he was the rightful owner. In the morning, the case was to continue to be heard in August 2017, it settled on confidential terms.
Sir. Palmer and Mineralogy are currently involved in several high-profile lawsuits, including a defamation lawsuit filed by Mr. Palmer. against Prime Minister Mark McGowan in the Federal Court.
Sir. Palms too faced court last year accused of copyright infringement by Universal Music, after allegedly using the Twisted Sisters hit We do not take it without permission in election announcements in 2019.
Sir. Palmer has denied wrongdoing in the case, saying he wrote original lyrics to his own song, Aussies will not take it, after being inspired by the phrase “I’m mad as hell and I do not want to take this anymore” from the 1976 film Network.
Sir. Palmer and Mineralogy also filed a lawsuit in the High Court last year against the state of Western Australia and WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson after Palmer was denied entry to the WA due to coronavirus border restrictions.
A date has not yet been set for the first mention of Mineralogy’s case against PremiAir.
Georgina Mitchell is the direction reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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