Simon Mulvany Legal Defence Fund

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In February 2016, Capilano Honey Limited, a public company listed on the ASX, instituted proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales against Simon Mulvany, a Victorian beekeeper and “savethebees” blogger.

Ben McKee, who is the chief executive officer of Capilano sues Simon for defamation. Capilano, the public company,sues him for injurious falsehood and misleading or deceptive conduct.

According to Simon, consumers are becoming more aware of the health risks and environmental damage caused by chemical-laden foods and place a premium on foods that are free of contaminants or artificial chemicals. This in turn leads to Australian consumers preferring food produced locally or at least in Australia over that produced in some other countries.

Similarly, food manufacturers such as Capilano try to capitalise on these consumer preferences and use terms such as “Australian” “Organic” “Pure,” “100% Pure,” “Pure and natural honey”, “Australian since 1953” and “100% pure Australian honey”. Whether Capilano’s honey can fairly be so described is highly relevant to this litigation.

Simon is currently restrained from being able to participate openly in this legitimate public discussion or to say much more about Capilano and Ben McKee than is set out here. This may change as the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the nature of the restraints Simon is under whilst these proceedings are in progress.

In May 2017, Simon was ordered to take down his earlier crowd funding platforms which raised around $23,000 and enabled him to defend himself up to then with his first legal team.

Today, 7 August 2017, eighteen months after first being sued and with a robust legal team coalescing around him, Simon asks for your further support by donating to help with the costs of defending himself and pay for:

1. Comprehensive testing of the safety, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of Capilanofood products including;
a. Authenticity;
b. Antibiotic residues;
c. Bee treatments and pesticides;
d. Bee repellents and fumigants;
e. GMO and further residues;
f. Microbiology (E.coli ,AFB etc..)
2. Expert legal team including senior and junior solicitors and paralegals, junior counsel and eminent senior counsel; and
3. Travelling and related costs for Simon to instruct his legal team and stand before the Court (including administration costs).

If Simon raises more than needed, he will donate the remainder to Discoverme software company to continue to develop and market the global honeymap/app https://goo.gl/5Av8vo

AHBIC for their relentless campaign to ban imported honey in Australia and some inspiring women who have been giving up their time freely to educate children around Australia at schools and kindergartens about the importance of bees. Sarah Hamilton (Qld) , Ana Martin(NSW) Vanessa Hoo(SA), Emily Forrest(Vic) and Elissa Dannock (Vic)

We thank you for your support!

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JAN 12, 2018 — Capilano Honey have spent millions of shareholders dollars on litigation trying to silence me and continue to delay the judicial proceedings.

Capilano were able to temporarily remove footage I published of tonnes of Chinese honey at their Maryborough plant and also of Chinese Pollen being fed to bees at their packing plant.
Shockingly Capilano ltd managed to impede my access to justice by obtaining court orders to take down my right to Crowdfund.

Fortunately with assistance from www.moreheads.com.au the Supreme Court amended their decision and reinstated my right to Crowdfund my defence.

Capilano have not complied with a notice to produce documents. I am looking for evidence that proves contaminates like neonicotinoids, glyphosate , fungicides, antibiotics, sugar syrups are present in the honey they sell. The documents I need to ensure my defence could than lead to a class action against the honey importer.

Capilano delaying tactics are creating an expensive hurdle. I have another court hearing February 2nd in Sydney and need to raise a further $4000 to arrange a Solicitor to appear. I am dedicated to following this through to a trial with jury if need be. I will look forward to interrogating CEO Ben McKee under oath.

PayPal: contact us for that information

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ACC 153832084

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Please listen to the radio interview available on podcast from Beyond Infinity . The podcasts are available on iTunes at beyond infinity or clink on the link below.

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Capilano Honey have acted without decency in regards to how they label their honey products and have conducted themselves throughout the litigation.
Capilano after asking the Court for more time to mediate an outcome did not attempt any reconciliation. We approached Capilano with a reasonable offer that could have seen the end to the conflict but heard nothing. I think Capilano Honey should apologise to the Australian Beekeeping industry in regards to how they have conducted themselves throughout this litigation. This bullying strategy has backfired . The litigation has placed a negative spotlight on the Australian Beekeeping industry
The court has now ordered parties meet again in February.

Ben's Bees is holding a jar of industrialised honey labelled “Mixed Blossom”. You should never buy this honey and stop anyone you know from buying this honey. The label does not display country of origin but this mixed industrialised honey is mostly from China . This is one of Capilano Honey subsidiary brands it sells Allowrie.

This honey is blended and heated in a factory with various cheap imported honey from around the world.
capilanohoney admit they import honey from China, Mexico and Argentina . Capilano refuse to put the country of origin on the honey they sell. Avoid honey labeled mixedblossom at supermarkets. The nicer the words these corporates use the more industrialised the honey is.
Only buy pristine honey direct from a local beekeeper.

You can trust bees to create a perfect mix.
Bees are the only chemists we can trust.

Please buy local honey use the honeymap.
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Patience is wearing thin for Australian Beekeepers and Capilano shareholders who were previously told this would be over by June.

The ongoing litigious bullying is hurting the Australian beekeeping industry.

Capilano Ltd and CEO Ben McKee have requested a further two weeks to adjourn the case to give more time for us to resolve the conflict.

I note it has also been communicated to me that Capilano Honey have been putting extra effort into quality control by advertising on Seek.com.au for more quality control staff.


Savethebeesaustralia issue is not only with the quality of honey being imported but the fact that imported honey from China , Argentina and Mexico may carry undetectable virus’s, imported honey adds negative pressure to domestic prices and incentive for young beekeepers to join the industry are diluted.

It also negatively effects our reputation overseas when a lot of this honey is blended with Australian honey and exported again as product of Australia.

A prominent Commercial Beekeeper from Queensland contacted Savethebeesaustralia this week to complain about the Allowrie brand not containing country of origin.

“ I went to a mates house he offered me a tea and I watched him put Allowrie in it. I explained I could not drink that tea, he was shocked when I told him #Allowrie contained imported honey most likely from China “

We agreed if Australians were told what country their honey came from clearly of the label it would help all Australian Beekeepers and consumers.

Please only buy 100 percent Australian honey.

Support your local beekeeper

The next hearing is due on Friday 23 of November .

Thanks for the ongoing support.
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A recent apology by Capilano Ltd and CEO Ben McKee to consumers is a step in the right direction to settle the legal dispute between Capilano Honey and Savethebeesaustralia.


The Supreme Court of NSW has granted extra time for Capilano Honey to resolve all issues with Savethebeesaustralia.

My legal firm www.moreheads.com.au has put forward what we see as a reasonable outcome to avoid a trial and have until Friday 10 November to negotiate an outcome.

As the defendant I remind Capilano Ltd that the ongoing litigation has the potential to damage the Australian beekeeping industry.

Capilano Ltd and Savethebeesaustralia have common enemies and ought to unite on pressuring the government to ban neonicotinoids the chemical associated with colony collapse disorder that now has been found in 75 percent of industrialised honey globally according to Swiss scientists.


Ben McKee CEO of Capilano I had been previously working together last year which resulted in Capilano changing their stance on neonicotinoids. Capilano are now certain that the registrations of neonicotinoids in Australia should be reviewed, reduced or removed entirely.


If a settlement is to be reached Savethebeesaustralia reserves the right to expose company’s that are honey laundering and will continue to lobby for compulsory country of origin labelling on honey or a complete ban of imported honey such as the one New Zealand have achieved.

We have grave concernes imported honey from countries such as China and Mexico could contain live viruses and bacteria that cause bee disease and threaten the survival of Australia’s introduced honey bee population and 1500 species of native bees.

Australian honey imports have more than doubled in the past three years, with nearly 10,000 tonnes bought by Australian 2015-16.

Please support Australian bees by supporting your local beekeepers on the honeymap.

Sign the petition.

Thank you for the ongoing support.
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