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Court rejects journalist’s bid for costs security in Furlong lawsuit 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

John Furlong has named reporter Laura Robinson (above), Charlie Smith, an editor with the Georgia Straight, publisher Daniel McLeod, and the Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corp., in a suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

John Furlong has named reporter Laura Robinson (above), Charlie Smith, an editor with the Georgia Straight, publisher Daniel McLeod, and the Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corp., in a suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed journalist Laura Robinson’s application to have the courts hold a $100,000 security from John Furlong for her legal costs.

 

Justice Gordon Weatherill said he’s not satisfied that the security costs should be held by the court, saying Robinson has not proven Furlong won’t be able to pay her legal costs if he loses the case.

Robinson is the defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-VANOC chief. She has counter-sued in response.

If Robinson was granted the security, the journalist who wrote a story in the Georgia Straight last year — detailing abuse allegations against Furlong that he has denied — would be able to use the $100,000 for legal costs if she eventually won the case.

Furlong, however, said in an affidavit dated Dec. 5 that he has lost revenue from speaking engagements and requires “all available funds” to rebuild his business, meet living costs and to reverse the damage to his reputation.

Furlong’s lawyer John Hunter said he had another case to attend and declined to comment outside the courtroom.

Jeremy Shragge, who represents Robinson, said outside court: “The fact that we haven’t been successful on this motion has no impact on the ability to mount her defence.”

Shragge said a trial date has been reserved for January 2015 and time is running out for that date to be confirmed by Furlong’s side.

“We’re going to lose that trial date by the end of this week if he doesn’t file a notice of trial,” he said.

“If he doesn’t do that, we’ll obviously have to reconsider what we do next.”

 

 

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