Brian Burke wins judgment against online commenters

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It has been as high-profile a lawsuit as an unusual one, given the names included, and that goes beyond Brian Burke.

Burke has now won a default judgment in B.C. Supreme Court against five online commentators – Beware NoFixed Address, CamBarkerfan, Lavy 16, Tulowd and Naggah – who allegedly defamed him, according to The Province newspaper in Vancouver.

Here is a snippet of Keith Fraser’s story, which appeared Friday. Read the full version here.

The commenters were given 33 days to respond to the civil claim for damages but none have done so.

The court also ordered that the defendants pay Burke damages that are to be assessed and to pay the plaintiff legal costs to be assessed.

It was first reported in April that Burke, a former NHL general manager with the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs, was suing anonymous online commenters for allegedly writing online that he had an affair with a female sports reporter and may have impregnated her.

At that time, there were 18 names listed as defendants in the suit.

In May, it was reported that Burke was going to ask B.C. Supreme Court to serve the online commenters via private messages.

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