Outer Battery property proprietor within the highlight as he sues neighbour for defaming him on SoundCloud and Fb

Outer Battery property proprietor within the highlight as he sues neighbour for defaming him on SoundCloud and Fb



ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A defamation case launched by Colin Method, his spouse and their firm, Method’s Haulage and Excavation Ltd., towards considered one of their neighbours within the Outer Battery is scheduled to be in courtroom in St. John’s on Friday, March 17.

The Methods first took Steven Johnson (Topping) to courtroom over statements Topping made on Aug. 1, 2019, on a SoundCloud clip he posted of an alleged dialog between him and Colin Method, a Fb publish Topping made concerning the encounter and feedback that have been made by others on the publish.

The dispute between Topping and Method began over an alleged proper of means on a property Method bought, which connects to a close-by path.

Based on the assertion of declare filed by the Methods, Topping made a number of defamatory feedback within the statements, together with that Method was attempting to intimidate him to drop a separate courtroom motion, that Method had threatened Topping many occasions earlier than and implying that Method was related to organized crime.

Subsequent posts that have been made by Topping on Fb are referenced within the assertion of declare, which the Methods allege additionally defame them, together with a remark made by an individual alleged by the courtroom paperwork to be a pal of Topping.

The assertion of declare says Topping’s phrases have been meant to disparage the Methods within the conduct of their enterprise and broken “the repute and goodwill of the plaintiffs personally and as businesspersons and residents/property house owners within the Outer Battery neighbourhood of the Metropolis of St. John’s.”

It additional says the Methods and their firm suffered harm, misery and embarrassment due to the posts and they’re looking for a public apology from Topping, the removing of the posts in query, an injunction towards Topping publishing additional posts that will defame them and damages.

The defence filed by Topping says he’s counting on the defence of the reality and/or truthful remark towards the defamation allegations. Within the doc, he denies that he made a few of the Fb posts in query and states he has no management over what different folks remark.

The case thus far

The case was initially set for trial on Nov. 14, 2022, however it was delay when Topping utilized to amend his assertion of defence, which is opposed by the Methods.

The amendments are largely so as to add extracted transcripts from the conservation Topping posted on SoundCloud, which Topping says furthers his defence and have been beforehand disclosed to the Methods earlier within the courtroom course of. Including extra particulars, he claims, gives the Methods with a clearer understanding of the defence he’ll depend upon at trial.

The amended defence additionally says Colin Method “has a tarnished character and repute locally” and that Method has “engaged in acrimonious disputes with different neighbours within the Outer Battery space.”

“Particularly, Mr. Method (or staff of the Method’s Haulage & Excavation Ltd.) have threatened visitors of neighbouring properties within the Outer Battery, blocked entry to parking areas within the Outer Battery, trespassed on neighbouring properties within the Outer Battery, broken public property, together with the removing and relocation of a municipal no parking signal within the Outer Battery, telling members of the general public that he employs ex-cons, and publicly and profanely threatening Johnson,” the defence reads.

“Additional, or within the various, if the plaintiffs suffered injury to their repute (which is denied), Johnson states that the plaintiffs haven’t suffered any or negligible lack of repute due to the reputational information.”

A listening to to find out whether or not the amendments will likely be allowed is scheduled for March 17 at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Courtroom in St. John’s.  

Public dispute

Colin Method has been a controversial determine within the Outer Battery in current months. The Nook Brook businessman was creating headlines for a while with a ServiceMaster van he had parked in a public parking spot there for over 300 days and brilliant safety lights he had mounted on a property within the historic neighbourhood, which the neighbours mentioned shone into their houses and had opposed impacts on their well being. There have additionally been disputes over different parking areas, entry to a close-by path and property strains.

The lights spurred various calls and letters to media retailers within the metropolis, and made nationwide information. Residents held a protest at metropolis corridor to attempt to spur the town to create a nuisance-lighting bylaw, to no avail. The van was moved, and the lights have been turned off on Jan. 26 after various folks complained to ServiceMaster Canada concerning the van.

Method is dealing with prison fees of extortion and mischief regarding the lights, and that case is due again in courtroom on April 6.

The case towards Topping is considered one of 5 lawsuits Method, his spouse and their firm have ongoing, which contain the Metropolis of Nook Brook and different neighbours.