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by Mike Caswell
Lomiko Metals Inc. chief executive officer Paul Gill, maintaining his steady pursuit of Stockhouse forum users, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia seeking the court's help to identify a user named "leesland." He says that the user was behind several defamatory messages that were critical of his work as Lomiko's CEO. Mr. Gill is seeking a court order that would compel the user's Internet provider, Bell Canada Enterprises, to hand over a name.
Mr. Gill's request is contained in a petition filed at the Vancouver courthouse on Friday, April 5. The petition is the second part of Mr. Gill's legal effort at identifying leesland, who Mr. Gill accuses of writing defamatory messages on Stockhouse from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Gill previously obtained a court order that directed Stockhouse to hand over any identifying information it had for the user.
Among the information that Mr. Gill received were the IP addresses that the user posted from. These are unique identifiers that can be traced back to the physical location where the message originated. Mr. Gill also obtained an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Gill's lawyer has sent an e-mail to that address, but has not received a response. As he has no way of identifying the user, Mr. Gill has asked that the courts order Bell to hand over the name associated with the IP addresses he received from Stockhouse. Assuming he identifies the user, Mr. Gill would then be in a position to sue over the postings or (more likely) extract an apology.
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