by Mike Caswell
Augen Gold Corp. and its chief executive officer, David Mason, have won a court order directing Stockhouse Publishing Ltd. to help identify three forum posters that Augen and Mr. Mason are suing for defamation. The order, entered in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Tuesday, July 26, directs Stockhouse to provide any information that could identify "WhattheF," "beachman" and "Clchan," including their IP and e-mail addresses.
The company claims that the posters authored at least 38 defamatory messages between January and May, 2011. The messages called Mr. Mason a "habitual looser [sic]" and a "liar," among other names, and accused him of collecting excessive management fees. The statements were entirely false and were intended to damage the reputations of Augen and Mr. Mason, according to the suit.
As part of the case, the company filed an application for a court order that would direct Stockhouse to provide identifying information for the three posters. It said that Stockhouse refused to provide any information without such an order. The judge granted the unopposed application at a hearing on Tuesday, July 26.