Eighteen months into the Rinehart family's bitter trust fund battle, Hope Welker has pulled out of the Supreme Court civil action against her mother.
Ms Welker, who in 2011 complained she was "down to (her) last $60,000" and asked Gina Rinehart for money to pay for a bodyguard, cook and housekeeper, has been joined as a defendant in the proceedings alongside her mother and youngest sister Ginia.
In the Supreme Court in Sydney today, her barrister Chris Stevens said he had no argument to make "at this stage" against her being joined as a defendant.
Justice Paul Brereton granted leave to Ms Welker to withdraw and ordered that she be added as a defendant to the case.
Ms Welker, with her siblings John Hancock and Bianca Rinehart, had been seeking to oust her mining magnate mother as trustee of the multimillion-dollar family trust.
Mr Hancock and Bianca Rinehart are continuing with the action against Ms Rinehart.
Ms Rinehart's barrister, David Russell QC noted "any evidence (Ms Welker) would give if called would be unhelpful to the other plaintiffs (Mr Hancock and Bianca Rinehart)".
They claim Gina Rinehart acted "deceitfully" and with "gross dishonesty" in her dealings with the trust, set up in 1988 by her father Lang Hancock, with her children being the beneficiaries.
The court has previously heard Ms Rinehart contacted her three elder children in early September 2011, days before Ginia turned 25, when the trust was due to vest.
Ms Rinehart had changed the vesting date to 2068, warning her children the vesting of the trust on September 6 would have rendered them liable for substantial capital gains tax and lead to their bankruptcy.
However, in April 2012 she brought forward the vesting date of the disputed fund from 2068 without notice and despite her previous warnings, Mr Hancock and Bianca Rinehart have alleged.
Ms Rinehart is supported by her youngest daughter, Ginia, in the bitter family battle.Justice Brereton adjourned the matter for a further directions hearing on April 11.
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