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Despite statements made to The Telegram Thursday, CAI Marine has not advanced its allegations of defamation by Yvonne Jones — the Liberal candidate in the Labrador byelection — to a filing with the court.
A check of Supreme Court records shows no filing on the part of the company.
The company has suggested comments by Jones contributed to its loss of a contract for Labrador ferry service — a contract worth about $28 million to the business.
“We ran into some trouble there in being able to get the documents into her hands,” CAI vice-president Chris Newman told The Telegram. “So we did it ourselves. We went up there.”
The documents Newman referred to was actually a letter, formally stating the company’s complaint against Jones.
It in no way represents the case advancing to a court date.
“I assure you she’s been lying if she says she hasn’t been served,” Newman insisted Friday morning.
“It’s a notice of action and it’s a slander-defamation suit and Yvonne Jones has been served with the notice of action.”
Going to court
He was challenged on the fact he made it appear as though the case was moving forward and into court.
“It is. I assure you,” he responded.
Asked when a formal complaint in the form of a Supreme Court filing would be made, Newman directed The Telegram to his lawyers.
“There’s a legal protocol that you follow,” he said, explaining the company is simply following the steps it needs to take to deal with its allegations against Jones.
When Newman spoke with The Telegram in early April, he said a statement of claim would be filed with the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court within the week.