Qantas has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with former speechwriter Lucinda Holdworth, who had planned to publish a memoir, entitled Fighting Words, that would have detailed behind the scenes discussions and decisions taken during the airline’s controversial 2011 industrial grounding.
Qantas took legal action to prevent the book’s publication, arguing it contained confidential information damaging to the airline. In June the NSW Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction preventing the book’s publication.
In a statement today Qantas said “the current injunction applying to the publication of the manuscript will stay in place, due to the commercial in-confidence nature of the content.”
Holdworth told the ABC that the agreemen was “not the outcome I was hoping for. But Qantas is entitled to insist upon its contractual rights. It has done so, and I accept that.”