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.

Simpson had been 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 writer apologized and admitted in writing that he had published “libellous commentary” about Simpson.

Simpson was named in the libelous commentary which included various claims, including one that Simpson had resorted to fraud to get himself elected to the Carnegie Board of Directors in June. In his subsequent retraction, the author of the libel stated that publishing such 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.


Simpson gave Lawson Lundell the address of his website and that of a blog he was barred from Carnegie for “featuring links” to. These sites are central to the case and Simpson is identified on them as homeless.  It is possible, Simpson says, that Woods had not reviewed the sites and was not aware that he was homeless.

To read the rest of this original story, see Downtown Eastside Enquirer

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