The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by the late hotelier Earl Hagaman's estate to reconsider a defamation case against the new justice minister Andrew Little.
In April a High Court jury found one of Mr Little's statements defamed Mr Hagaman, but could not decide whether Mr Little had qualified privilege at the time. It could not reach majority decisions about four other statements.
His wife Lani Hagaman appealed the decision, but Earl Hagaman died in May of this year prompting an argument over whether the case should be heard.
The Court of Appeal today dismissed the case and the appeal, saying the jury had not reached a conclusive verdict for Mr Hagaman in the first trial.
It awarded Mr Little costs.