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1. Richard Warman v Michael Veck libel action
Conservative staffer must pay $10k damages for defaming human rights lawyer
31 July 2015
A senior Conservative Senate staffer who repeated lies that an Ottawa human rights lawyer had published a bigoted Internet attack on Senator Anne Cools must pay the human rights lawyer $10,000 in damages the Ontario Superior Court has ruled. In a decision issued yesterday, Justice David Corbett found the attack to be indefensible and “obviously defamatory.”
Michael Veck, also a lawyer, is parliamentary advisor to the Conservative leader in the Senate (this may be past tense). In March 2009, Veck republished a defamatory attack against Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman. The material was posted to a Stanford University website forum catering to leaders in politics, academia, the military, and journalism. The original attack was written by Jonathan Kay and appeared on the website of the National Post before being publicly withdrawn and retracted after service of a libel notice by Warman. Both Kay and the National Post subsequently settled a libel action against them. For reasons that remain unclear, Veck republished the attack to the Stanford forum more than a year after Kay and the Post had deleted the article from their website. Justice Corbett found that Veck’s half-hearted subsequent retraction did nothing to reduce the damage and that Veck bore equal responsibility for spreading the original libel quoting famous English judge Lord Denning:
“Our English law does not love tale-bearers. If the report or rumour was true, let him justify it. If it was not true, he ought not to have repeated it or aided in its circulation. He must answer for it just as if he had started it himself.”
This judgement comes in the immediate wake of Ezra Levant and two other right-wing bloggers settling libel actions against them which saw them apologize and retract the same allegations. “Bearing false witness against your neighbour is both a moral and legal sin. The judgement further clears my reputation of this disgraceful slur. Veck is a lawyer and should have known better before launching his unprovoked attack against me.” Warman concluded, “Yet another reason to abolish the Senate.”
2. McCorkill will case leaving fortune to US neo-Nazi group
30 July 2015
New Brunswick Court of Appeal confirms $250,000 Canadian bequest to US neo-Nazi group will not go ahead.
My sincerest congratulations to Isabelle McCorkill, a woman with the courage to stand up for what is right, her counsel Marc-Antoine Chiasson of famed Atlantic law firm McInnes Cooper, the New Brunswick Attorney-General, and last but not least the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs for successfully defeating an appeal of an earlier ruling barring a roughly $250,000 gift to a US neo-Nazi group by a Canadian follower. The assistance and importance of the renowned US Southern Poverty Law Center in providing evidence regarding the violent aims and history of the neo-Nazi group in question cannot be understated in its importance either.
3. LIBEL ACTION SETTLEMENTS
11 June 2015
Update (21 June 2015) – Connie Fournier and Mark Fournier, the only remaining defendants in this action have rejected an offer to settle of $1 in damages plus $2,500 costs each that I would donate to charity (outlined below). I suggest people remember this next time they ask for $.
Richard Warman is pleased to confirm settlement of his libel actions against Ezra Levant, Michael Coren, Quebecor Media Inc., Sun Media Corporation, Sun TV News, Catherine McMillan, and Kathy Shaidle on terms acceptable to the parties and including apologies by Ezra Levant, Catherine (Kate) McMillan and Kathy Shaidle.
The only remaining defendants in the ‘Anne Cools’ libel action are Mark and Connie Fournier. I have instructed my lawyer to make an offer to settle for $1 and $2,500 in costs each which I will then donate to the trust fund that has been established for the family of Daniel Woodall of the Edmonton Police Service.
4. DAVID ICKE SETTLES LIBEL ACTION
5 March 2015
British conspiracy writer David Icke and co-defendants have paid Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman $210,000 CDN (117,000 GBP) in damages and legal costs to settle a libel action against them.
In 1999-2000, Warman had worked with various Jewish and anti-racism groups to notify public venues in Canada of discriminatory elements within Icke’s mishmash of conspiracy theories. After being provided with material from Icke’s own writings, a number of these venues withdrew permission for Icke to use their facilities in his tours.
In retaliation, Icke included false allegations in his 2001 book Children of the Matrix that Warman was seeking to suppress Icke’s purported exposure of Satanic child abuse and murder.
David Icke made an out-of-court settlement on January 8th paying $90,000 CDN (50,000 GBP) on the eve of a long-delayed trial that was scheduled to begin in Toronto on February 2nd, 2015. The Court order formally discontinuing the claim was issued on 4 March 2015 thus paving the way for this announcement. Insurers for three Canadian bookstores that had refused to stop selling the book after being served with libel notices had previously settled out for $120,000 CDN (67,000 GBP). Information obtained from litigation by Icke against his former US business partner demonstrated that at least 55,000 copies of Children of the Matrix had been sold worldwide.
The settlement includes the requirement that Icke immediately cease any further distribution of Children of the Matrix and remove the defamatory material from any future editions. Warman thanked his lawyers Christine Lonsdale and Elder Marques of law firm McCarthy Tétrault – “They were absolute professionals and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Warman said “This settlement exposes Icke’s argument that no one had ever sued him because his allegations were true as nothing more than a fallacy.” He added, “My reputation has been entirely vindicated. David Icke’s attacks against me were disgraceful and beyond the pale but he’s paid a heavy price for them and I trust this will never happen again.”
Warman closed quoting Monty Python, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”
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