Online legal notice unprecedented in B.C., says lawyers of former Leafs GM

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Lawyers representing former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke say a unique court order that allows them to serve legal notice over the Internet is a way for the law to catch up to social media.

B.C. Supreme Court has permitted Vancouver lawyer Peter Gall to serve papers on an online message board to eight individuals who anonymously posted what Burke says are  defamatory comments about him.

Burke, who filed a defamation lawsuit seeking damages last month, says in the suit that online comments that imply he has fathered a child with a sportscaster are untrue.

Burke is suing a total of 18 people, but Gall says he believes they may be able to track down a number of them and serve notice to them personally.

Gall says since his team doesn’t know who or where eight of the commenters are, the Supreme Court has agreed the only way to serve them notice of the civil claim is via the online forum on which the comments were posted.

Full written reasons for the court order are expected soon.

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Vancouver

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