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Brian Burke wants to serve anonymous commenters via private message

May 28, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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Back in April, we learned that Brian Burke was suing 18 anonymous internet commenters who wrote online that he had an affair with, and impregnated, a sports reporter.

It was an unusual lawsuit, given the following were named as defendants:


Not surprisingly, identifying the real names of the defendants has been a challenge.

So, today, we learn that the former Maple Leafs president and general manager will, per the Toronto Star, ask the British Columbia Supreme Court for permission to send seven of the above “private messages to their message board accounts, notifying them of his civil claim.”

MacLeans blogger Colby Cosh has handicapped Burke’s chances of serving the defendants this way:

One problem with the legal argument may be its slightly blasé assurance that “the correct people will be served” because the usernames are the same ones under which the alleged defamation was posted.

It seems unlikely that the master-in-chambers will rule quickly; he certainly ought to take time to scrutinize the proffered precedents, the logic of the motion, and the likely effects on cyberspace.

To read the motion, click here for the PDF.

Here are the seven users Burke hopes to serve via private message:


Kinda feel like NoFixedAddress might be tough to track down.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Jason is a stand-up individual above reproach.

    …please don’t sue me.

    • imleftcoast - May 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Ridiculous comments, but you’ve stated the defense. These names are ridiculous, and how is it possible someone would read the comments of Slooberface or Poonerman and believe them causing a cognizable damage to Brian Burke’s reputation? This is a bully tactic. The point is to scare people who make comments about Brian Burke.

  2. supercoop8 - May 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Poonerman, how do you plea??

    • partymoney - May 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM


  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    can solbberface from Toronto actually be …… Nah!

    • ibieiniid - May 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM


  4. ibieiniid - May 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Brian Burke still lives with his mother.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Oh! Oh! You’re going to be added to the lawsuit…..

      • ibieiniid - May 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        oh whoops…. ALLEGEDLY.

        see ^^^ that makes it sound like somebody else said it first. simple as that “Kanada Kev”

  5. ironyisadeadscene - May 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    CamBarkerFan = Cam Barker’s mom

  6. islesjb - May 28, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I happen to personally know LOOB and POONERMAN and I know in my heart that they would never say something like that. SLOBBERMAN on the other hand totally would- complete dirtbag. Lockup him up and throw away the key

    • 19to77 - May 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      And SIR PSYCHO SEXY is a pure class act. These allegations are simply ridiculous.

      • islesjb - May 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        I don’t know him personally but I’ve heard nice things

      • jjregan21 - May 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        I hear he’s pleading insanity

  7. caniac4ever - May 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Amazingly, DUMBASSGREG is not on the list.

  8. pastabelly - May 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    We are going to have to be more careful here on PHT.

    Don “Slobberface” Cherry, that means you!!!!!!!

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