Wednesday, November 17, 2010

When media moguls go to court

An interesting read for you today: "Pierre Karl Peladeau doit justifier le montant de sa poursuite." (Translation) Pierre Karl Peladeau, CEO of Quebecor and Sun Media Corp., is suing Sylvain Lafrance, the vice-president of the CBC's French service, for defamation. Peladeau testified last week in the case.

In the account linked to, there is a brief exchange with the judge over whether Peladeau has any friends, a complaint by Peladeau that another journalist called him a "corporate bum" and finally the judge expressing frustration at an ability to find that damages were suffered by Peladeau at all as a result of Lafrance's alleged defamation of him.
«Ça m’en prend un peu plus que ça, et celui qui est le mieux placé pour me dire ce qui m’aidera à décider, c’est M. Péladeau. Pour rendre une décision, ça me prend de la preuve. (…) Il peut penser qu’il y a un complot contre lui, on verra», a conclu le juge dans une fin de séance qui s’est terminée en queue de poisson.
It might be the pessimist in me, but it doesn't seem to be going well.