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Defendants named in Eddie Joyce lawsuit all want statement of claim struck

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All four defendants in a lawsuit filed in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court by Humber-Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce want the statement of claim against them struck.

The matter was called, via teleconference, in the court in Corner Brook on Monday to discuss dates for a hearing on the applications, which were filed in late June.

The first defendant, Placentia-St. Mary’s MHA Sherry Gambin-Walsh, and second defendant, Commissioner for Legislative Standards Bruce Chalk, are asking that the statement of claim be struck as it discloses no reasonable cause of action and/or is otherwise an abuse of process.

As the third defendant, Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper seeks to have the statement of claim against him struck or to be removed as a party to the matter.

Former Premier Dwight Ball is the fourth defendant in the matter and he’s also asking that the claim against him be dismissed and that the court rule he not be a party in any continuing claim against any other defendant.

The court didn’t hear any arguments on the applications. The date for that will be set by the court later, but Joyce’s lawyer, John Noseworthy, said it is their position that the statements of claim should stand.

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