a group of initial investors who provided seed-funding for the project, including mnsbj pty ltd, a company co-owned and directed by julian wilson and his brother bart, then sued mr downing in the district court for a total of $264,000 they claimed he owed them as part of an agreement to be bought out of mr downing’s company.pro surfer julian wilson was among the investors.photo: suppliedmr downing told the district court that sanad capital's chief executive, former professional golfer bradley sutherland, had made repeated promises he would take care of these payments to the investors by deducting them from the $1.25 million fee owed to mr downing - the payment mr downing said he never received.judge david reid in the district court last year ruled in favour of the investors.mr downing appealed the judgment and late last month, justices walter sofronoff, james douglas and peter flanagan allowed mr downing’s appeal and set aside the earlier judgment.in his appeal, mr downing introduced new evidence he claimed revealed previously unknown links between the new developers and mr downing’s initial backers, who originally had been introduced to him by david baird, an associate of mr sutherland.mr downing tendered to the court company documents alleging that all his initial investors, including mnsbj pty ltd, had, unknown to him, later become shareholders in actventure pty ltd, a company set up by mr sutherland and mr baird to develop the water park.other documents claimed tho...