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Judge dismisses libel case against Mayor Rob Ford

Posted by Derek Flack / December 27, 2012

Rob Ford Libel CaseRob Ford got a late Christmas present today in the form of Justice John MacDonald's decision to drop the $6 million libel case brought against him by Boardwalk Cafe owner, George Foulidis.

The ruling would appear to rest on two key points: 1) that Foulidis was never able to prove that comments Ford made about Tuggs Inc. could be reasonably interpreted to defame the plaintiff, and 2) that Ford's statements merely claimed suspicion of corruption, which he qualified had no factual basis during the Sun editorial meeting that served as the occasion for his comments about Tuggs Inc.

Shortly after the ruling was made public, the mayor's office released a statement. "I welcome today's decision by the court to dismiss the Foulidis lawsuit against me," it reads. "I will continue fighting to represent the best interest of Toronto taxpayers at city hall. There is still a lot of work to be done and I will continue to focus on this."

So that's one legal battle in the books with Ford on the winning side. One does, however, wonder if that'll be the outcome of his conflict of interest appeal. You can read the full text of the judge's decision here.

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Joe Public / December 27, 2012 at 06:55 pm
Hopefully this is the start of a trend to toward common sense in the mayor's legal troubles...
mark / December 27, 2012 at 08:10 pm
HA HA HA. One down, one frivolous suit to go.
mark / December 27, 2012 at 08:11 pm
Ford should counter sue for this frivolous lawsuit. I hope the judge awards him costs and makes this guy pay for launching this lawfare action.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Joe Public / December 27, 2012 at 08:28 pm
Yes, the common sense being that he gets kicked out for the conflict case, doesn't press his cronies to waste $8M on a byelection, and lets the city enjoy some peace under the no-vision but no-nonsense reign of Holyday.

This libel case was a joke, no one ever took it for more than entertainment in making Ford show his lack of tact and intelligence yet again. But those qualities will not help when trying to decide how to properly phase out the Gardiner, plan new transit, etc.

2013 will be a great year once Ford is gone.
McRib / December 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm
when's the campaign finance trial?

One tossed, one to go! / December 28, 2012 at 01:57 pm
Go Rob! One frivolous court case down, one to go!
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