After over two years battling through Victoria’s legal system for justice, sacked bisexual football trainer Ken Campagnolo has been hit with a legal bill totalling over $20,000.
Campagnolo was in the Supreme Court last week to force law firm Middletons to produce an itemised bill of costs for a case he lost against the Benalla and District Football League in June.
“I wouldn’t pay an electricity bill without seeing what I’m paying for, so why would I pay this,” he said.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Melissa Daly ordered Campagnolo’s request be dismissed last Wednesday. She said she wouldn’t force Middletons to produce an itemised bill as the additional cost to do so wouldn’t be in Campagnolo’s interests.
Campagnolo received a letter dated September 4 requesting he pay legal costs of $26,442.75. The letter said $20,000 would be accepted.
Middletons have raised doubts about Campagnolo’s ability to pay as he is living in Salvation Army crisis accommodation in Melbourne and is receiving a Centrelink payment. It remains up to the law firm whether they pursue costs.
Campagnolo said he was bewild-ered by the decision as the threat of having to pay the sum remains. He is unsure whether he’ll be chased for payment.
“It’s just hanging over my head indefinitely now,” he said as he left court last week.

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