SPEECH provides protections for web hosts against this exact tactic folks. Leary and his running buddies are getting desperate but I in fact welcome the publicity.
Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia
PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release
September 14, 2011
East Kemptville, NS In an ongoing civil legal battle involving allegations of defamation and related causes of action, Trout Point Lodge, Limited yesterday served Douglas Handshoe, a Mississippi accountant and blogger, with an Amended Notice of Action issued by the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth. The attached claim included dozens of counts of defamation as well as invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of mental suffering, and intentional interference with economic relations.
In a related case against Louisiana Media Company, LLC—owner of Fox 8/WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana—filed last year, a decision of Supreme Court Justice Pierre L. Muise this past May found Handshoe’s blog publications to be prima facie defamatory and to also contain “the type of expression that engenders harmful results such as discrimination and hatred. It is not the type of free expression that deserves protection and fostering.”
The plaintiffs in the Handshoe litigation will also this week be filing a Notice of Motion under the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules to seek the true identity of an anonymous poster on the slabbed blog who claims to come from Nova Scotia and who uses the screen name “Novelle Ecosse,” as well as identifying information about other contributors to the blog. Novelle Ecosse, it is alleged, has published defamatory comments about the plaintiffs, including false accusations of criminal activity. Similar orders have been issued in recent Internet defamation cases such as A.B. v. Bragg Communications, the owner of EastLink. The host of the slabbed blog has already responded to such a Nova Scotia Supreme Court order in the past. The reasoning used by the court is that the rights of those who defame others anonymously do not outweigh the public interest in revealing their true identities.