Lawson Lundell, a major law firm in downtown Vancouver, has asked a homeless man, Bill Simpson, for a $1,000 retainer. Simpson received the Aug. 18th e-mail from Tom Woods, who identified himself as head of the Lawson Lundell Defamation and Media Law Practice.
SimpsonÂ had beenÂ hoping for a little pro bono help from Lawson Lundell in what is believed to be a clear cut libel case against the Carnegie Center Association (and some say, the City of Vancouver). The writerÂ apologized and admitted in writing that heÂ had published “libellous commentary” about Simpson.
Simpson was named in the libelous commentary which included various claims, includingÂ one that SimpsonÂ had resorted to fraud to get himself elected to the Carnegie Board of Directors in June.Â In his subsequent retraction, theÂ author of the libel stated thatÂ publishing suchÂ claims was “unconscionable”. But the damage was done.
And it is not the first time that libel has been disseminated by the Carnegie Center Association, although it is the first time that Simpson was specifically named.
SimpsonÂ gaveÂ Lawson Lundell the address of hisÂ website and that of a blog he was barred from Carnegie for “featuring links” to.Â These sites are central to the case andÂ Simpson is identified on them as homeless.Â It is possible, Simpson says,Â thatÂ Woods had not reviewed theÂ sites andÂ was not aware that he was homeless.
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