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Former Canucks owner ordered to testify in Steve Moore’s lawsuit

Mar 25, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. contended that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice didn’t have the right to make him testify in Steve Moore’s $38 million lawsuit against the Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi. Ronald Dash, who is a case-management master, disagreed.

“(McCaw) was the person at the top of the organization and ultimately responsible for the actions of management and for either setting the corporate culture of the organization or delegating the responsibility to others,” Dash wrote, according to the Canadian Press.

McCaw Jr. also claims that he doesn’t have material evidence to offer, but Dash feels that there are relevant questions that the defense can raise.

“Did (McCaw) encourage retribution against Moore?” Dash wrote. “Alternatively, did he take steps to ‘turn down the temperature’ by directing management to take steps to prevent retaliation?”

Dash has consequently ordered McCaw, who lives in Seattle, to testify in the case via video. The trial is scheduled to begin in September.

This comes after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly “indicated a willingness to participate as required.”

McCaw has agreed to pay half of any judgment in Moore’s favor. The Canucks were sold to the Aquilini family in 2007.

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Steve Moore remains shocked, disgusted about Todd Bertuzzi attack

  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    This case is such a joke.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      I don’t think Steve Moore would call his career being ended a joke.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    bertuzzi shouldnt have been allowed to play until all of this was settled. bet it wouldve been over a long time ago had bertuzzi’s future hung in the balance like moore’s has for the last 10 years.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      That’s insane.

      Also I would bet that Steve Moore has a pretty direct interest in Todd Bertuzzi being able to continue to amass enough wealth to be able to pay his share of the enormous damages Moore has claimed..

      • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        point being it wouldve been settled a long time ago (for probably a lot less $$) and both parties couldve moved on by now.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Yes, in a world where your completely insane suggestion was not completely insane, I’m sure the trial would have wrapped up much more quickly.

        Or at any rate I’m sure Bertuzzi would have been much more anxious to conclude the trial or reach settlement, who knows whether that would be true about the several other parties involves or not.

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