From late May until October 2011, Charles Leary on behalf of Broussard and company, abused legal processes in their lawsuit against Louisiana Media Company multiple times in their paranoid witch hunt for Broussard’s detractors including time periods after they had formally filed suit against me in Nova Scotia. But that is not all that was happening in the Louisiana Media case no siree. You see folks in that suit Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret were telling a different story about how the Fox 8 reports on Aaron Broussard’s Nova Scotia bribery and money laundering scheme had damaged the Lodge. In fact here is their exact damages pleading:
89. As a direct result of defamatory broadcasts made by the defendant, third parties with whom the plaintiffs enjoyed longstanding business relationships have decided to depart from any and all contacts with Trout Point and Nova Scotia, withdrawing investment and selling property to plaintiff’s detriment.
That’s right folks, Leary, Perret and Trout Point Lodge, on behalf of Aaron Broussard and others actually plead that their damages were caused by the disruption of their business relationship with Nova Scotia Enterprises, the entity that was identified by prosecutors as a Broussard bribery scheme. Never mind NSE never owned anything in Nova Scotia and was never registered to do business in Nova Scotia because when you make it up as you go and are willing to swear false affidavits to back up the lies, the Nova Scotia defamation scene was truly the Broussard and Company’s oyster. Continue reading →
Peytavin noted there were too many questions concerning Broussard’s credibility to make the pretrial judgments. The judge twice noted in his three rulings that Broussard has given only one deposition.
Something tells me Darleen Jacobs’ people will not be the only ones making the trip to the Federal Pen in Butner North Carolina to depose the former Goatherder in Chief. If I may be so bold to suggest a full fleshing out of this evacuation to Mount Hermon Louisiana nonsense because that is exactly what Broussard and his doomsday plan are: complete nonsense.
My own considered opinion is Broussard intentionally flooded the Parish via abandonment of the pumps so he and his cronies could partake in some disaster crony capitalism that resulted from the flooding. At least that is what a preponderance of the evidence tells me. I’m proud Slabbed contributed to the knowledge base that is the Broussard Flood of 2005. Speaking of that knowledge base, these three archival posts from Nowdy are must reads on this topic: Continue reading →
Compared to other countries, the United States has relatively narrow defamation laws. The First Amendment significantly restricts defamation claims, and legislatures have provided additional defendant protections such as 47 USC 230 and anti-SLAPP laws. To protect United States residents from being subject to the more expansive defamation laws of other countries, Congress enacted the SPEECH Act in 2010. The SPEECH Act says that defamation judgments from other countries can’t be enforced in the United States unless the ruling is consistent with U.S. law. Last week, in an important precedent-setting ruling, a federal appeals court blocked enforcement of a Canadian defamation judgment due to the SPEECH Act. Continue reading………..
“The Nova Scotia Court’s oral decision does not contain specific findings of fact with respect to the falsity of Handshoe’s statements,” the opinion said. “Trout Point could not identify a single specific allegation in the statement of claim that the Nova Scotia Court found was actually false.”
Jack E. Truitt, who represented Handshoe, told Law360 Friday that the appeals court decision makes it “almost impossible to get a defamation lawsuit judgment in Canada and come here and enforce it.”
“[The SPEECH Act] has been on the books since 2010, but this is the first widely reported decision on it,” Truitt said. “From the perspective of journalists, it should help you guys sleep a little easier.”
An attorney for Trout Point did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
I know I’ve slept better ever since Bobby signed up to defend Slabbed. Quality lawyers get quality decisions and I can’t say enough good things about the job he did. I was surprised to see the otherwise loquacious Henry Laird declining comment as he frequently comments on his cases locally.
I invite all of my media brothers and sisters to sleep well tonight under the blanket of freedom provided by Slabbed New Media, Bobby Truitt and yours truly. Click the pic to score the 25 page opinion. I’ll have more a bit later.
Must be fever blister season at ol’ Trout Point Lodge folks. They have asked the court to seal and strike that which the American judges are seeing. How telling. Click the pic to nab the full, unredacted 204 page pdf that Trout Point Lodge does not want anyone to see:
This post is one Charles Leary, Vaughn Perret and gang at Trout Point Lodge took particular umbrage. In that post, I linked a Tripadvisor review on River Bend Lodge, one of several cottages and outbuildings Leary and Perret managed for Aaron Broussard in a way that was indistinguishable from the Lodge itself. Later the pair would sue the Times Picayune claiming the assertion made in a series of stories, now retracted, that Aaron Broussard owned Trout Point Lodge was somehow defamatory toward them.
And that Tripadvisor review I linked way back in August, 2011? It is now deleted but luckily for everyone I well excerpted it on Slabbed:
We rented River Bend which is a huge cottage. There were 3 couples traveling and this was perfect in size. Trout Point is about 35 to 40 minutes from any town, so you will want to bring food. When we open the front door there was mouse droppings, lots of it! Now we are out in the woods so we weren’t too upset but the Innkeepers could have swept it up before we arrived. The Innkeeper gave my husband the extension to call the front desk to make breakfast reservation. She gave us the wrong number! I had to drive back to the lobby to make the reservation. Breakfast was fine, nothing special, potato cakes, waffles and fresh fruit and 1 muffin that was very good. We were expecting more because of the culinary reviews. After breakfast we asked the cost for dinner. We were infomed that breakfast was $22.50 and dinner was $143.00 for two. We opted not to have dinner. Dinner in town for a full lobster and mussels runs about $30.00. The next day at check out we were hit with a 18% gratuity on the whole bill!!! and breakfast was $22.50 per person!! When I say whole bill, I mean including the lodging. No one ever came and cleaned our rooms when we were out. We stayed two days. So why the 18% gratuity on the lodging?? All the information we read about Point Trout never mentioned the 18% additional charge and I am in the process of contacting my credit card company to reverse that charge. If you have any questions about the area or about the Inn then you will have to look for the Innkeeper because they are never at the front desk.
We will not stay here again. It was a beautiful place but this place is very deceptive in their charges.