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Brian Burke wins judgment against online commenters

Sep 20, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

It has been as high-profile a lawsuit as an unusual one, given the names included, and that goes beyond Brian Burke.

Burke has now won a default judgment in B.C. Supreme Court against five online commentators – Beware NoFixed Address, CamBarkerfan, Lavy 16, Tulowd and Naggah – who allegedly defamed him, according to The Province newspaper in Vancouver.

Here is a snippet of Keith Fraser’s story, which appeared Friday. Read the full version here.

The commenters were given 33 days to respond to the civil claim for damages but none have done so.

The court also ordered that the defendants pay Burke damages that are to be assessed and to pay the plaintiff legal costs to be assessed.

It was first reported in April that Burke, a former NHL general manager with the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs, was suing anonymous online commenters for allegedly writing online that he had an affair with a female sports reporter and may have impregnated her.

At that time, there were 18 names listed as defendants in the suit.

In May, it was reported that Burke was going to ask B.C. Supreme Court to serve the online commenters via private messages.

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  1. sjawesome - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    This is the most ridiculous legal case. Burke needs to suck it up. those involved are obviously not credible reporters. This is ludicrous

    • sunderlanding - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      As much as I agree with you it is nice to see people being held acountable for the stupid stuff they say on the internet. Maybe cases like this will help cut down on all the comments people make because they can hide behind their parents computer.

      • odj810 - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Anyone who has a problem, with this should look at urself as a commenter

  2. esracerx46 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    You have got to be kidding me? Maybe Burke will go away now.

  3. poonerman - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Diapers must be getting expensive.

  4. sjsharks66 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I wouldn’t pay that ass a dime. What are they going to do? Throw you in jail?

    • east96st - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Don’t know how Canada handles it, but in the US he could slap on a judgment lien on your home and your car. Not jail, but good luck trying to sell your home or car. And, if you don’t pay up, and decide to buy another house or another car years later, that lien can be attached to those properties, as well. Pretty sure it will near impossible to get a loan from a bank, as well. After all, your number one collateral, your home, has a court approved lien on it.

      • nj666 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        wow lawyers sure have turned our country into a utopia….

  5. martysbetter - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Only in Canada..

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I see the defamation suit was dropped against “Poonerman”. Good for “Poonerman”.

    • poonerman - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:27 AM

      appreciate the support

      • cramshawbar - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        No support for you. Nor your parents who failed so miserably with you.

  7. blomfeld - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Yes friends, Burke has indeed now become a joke. Yet a bigger joke is that munster C-grade he calls his ‘better’ half … talk about Adolf in a dress eh !

    • badintent - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Not only did Marlene help Jews escape the Nazi goon squads in Paris , but when she left Pairs herself, she joined the USO and traveled with them for a year to support the Allied Troops.She helped sell Bonds to pay for the war effort in America. She also refused to come back to Nazi Germany to start in movies that Gobbels had arranged for her.

      • blomfeld - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        I’m very aware of her story friend, as Marlene was a ‘true’ human in the purest sense … :)

    • handsofsweed - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      You are a GD-fu*king creep, blomfield.

      • blomfeld - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Achtung Simpleton ! …
        try and stretch your simplistic, one dimensional thinking ‘beyond’ the box, okay ? … by the way, I think I ‘love’ you ? :)

  8. illashell - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I can’t stand this guy.

  9. badintent - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Burke should just go on Murray and take a DNA test.. Burke will wear out his welcome in Edmonton in a year or less. His shoot from the hip crap don’t cut it with the conservative oil money there.
    We love you Hazel Mae. ! Your red dresses are eye candy.

    • killerpgh - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      He’s with the Flames.

      • badintent - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Calgary, Edmonton, same Alberta stuff. Love the Stampede

  10. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Good GM, but so glad he’s out of Toronto. Way too much of a distraction to the team. He’s never met a camera he didn’t love.

  11. Anoesis - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    I guess if you have money you can put some teeth into your butt-hurt.

  12. 950003cups - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    I heard from reliable sources that Brian Burke had sex with a donkey while wearing a tutu. The donkey, named Jack Ass, asked him to stop. Burke did not oblige. The donkey has issued a law suit seeking compensation for emotional damages and expenses.

    I might sue Burke too. I heard he was posting stuff about me under numerous aliases on PHT.

    • badintent - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      Great ! Love this post. The donkey had retired from active duty in TJ .Hope he has Obamacare

  13. hooockey - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I can’t believe Poonerman got off!

    It good to see comment trolls / losers being held accountable. Slime that has nothing better to do than publicly slander people are basically lowlife with nolife.

  14. channelguy - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I’m torn on this one. This is EXACTLY the kind of publicity hound “look at me” stuff that helped get Burke fired when he was with Toronto. He filed it when he was between GM jobs, and I doubt he would have pursued it if he was already in Calgary’s employ. The organization can’t be thrilled with this kind of publicity.

    On the other hand, and as several posters have already commented, having an Internet account really doesn’t give you a license to make up vile slanders about celebrities and post them in public, hiding behind an Internet alias. There’s a REASON many sites have moved to Facebook or other personally linked sites, figuring it will cut down on the idiot posts. The Internet may have made everyone potentially a “citizen journalist.” But as celebrity tabloid rags have found out, you make up degrading stuff about people in traditional media, you can be successfully sued. No reason the Internet shouldn’t have the same rules.

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