SNAPSHOT OF THE ALAN JONES DEFAMATION TRIAL:
- Queensland's Wagner brothers are suing Alan Jones, journalist Nick Cater, Harbour Radio and 4BC for $4.8 million over accusations a wall collapse from Lockyer Valley quarry they owned contributed to the death of 12 people during the 2011 floods.
- The Wagners' lawyer Tom Blackburn claimed his clients were depicted as "cruel, selfish and lawless people (who) pursued their goals through corruption, cronyism, intimidation and criminality" in unparalleled attacks by Jones.
- John, Denis, Neill and Joe Wagner also allege they were accused of a high-level cover-up with politicians relating to their Wellcamp Airport.
- Denis Wagner labels Jones' broadcasts "gut-wrenching" and incredibly harmful to their reputations, while Neil Wagner claims he thought Jones was "going mad" after hearing his accusations.
- Jones admitted not having any scientific evidence to back up his claim the 12 people were killed due to the collapse of a quarry wall.
- Cater was accused of omitting evidence possibly contradicting his "narrative" about the Wagners' alleged blame.
- Jones' lawyer Robert Anderson attempted to position the Wagner family as greedy by highlighting the $4.8 million claim is more than the major defamation payouts awarded to WA barrister Lloyd Rayney and actress Rebel Wilson.
- Jones admits he subjected the Wagners to savage criticisms, but denied calling them murderers. He said he and his team always took "reasonable steps" to be accurate
- Jones maintained the Wagners could have bribed Qantas over the airline's decision to fly into Wellcamp Airport, but denied he had a bitter hatred for them.
- On the final day of submissions, Mr Anderson dropped the honest opinion defence and admitted some claims Jones made about the Wagner family were indefensible.
- To be handed down by Justice Peter Flanagan in September
- Justice Flanagan revealed during the trial he's "pretty sure" some of Jones' statements about the Wagners were going to be found to be defamatory.
- He also criticised Jones and Cater's evidence in reasserting their claims about the Wagners' alleged responsibility.