Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye has issued a stinging ruling in former Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie's landmark unfair dismissal case against News Limited, awarding Guthrie $580,808 plus costs that could send his total payout to over $1 million and slamming the News Ltd witnesses' testimony in the process.

At a judgement issued early this afternoon, and delayed by Kaye's attendance at QC Peter Galbally's funeral this morning, the veteran judge found that Guthrie was entitled to loss and damages for his sacking in November 2008 at the hands of News Limited supremo John Hartigan: