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by Mike Caswell
Fission 3.0 Corp.'s former president, Jeffrey Mushaluk, has filed a case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia seeking to identify a group of Stockhouse posters. He claims that those posters were behind defamatory on-line attacks, with forum messages stating that he had a "shady past" and was a "cancerous human being." The accusations were entirely false, he says.
The request from Mr. Mushaluk is contained in a petition that he filed at the Vancouver courthouse on Oct. 27, 2020. He is seeking a court order that would help him identify three forum users, who go by the aliases Enlightening, Himey2012 and Smitty2000. The information he is seeking includes the IP addresses of the users. (IP addresses are unique numerical identifiers that can lead to the physical location where the post was made.) Assuming Mr. Mushaluk can learn the names of the posters, he could then be in a position to file a lawsuit against them or, more likely, demand an apology.
The posts that Mr. Mushaluk complains of began in March, 2020, shortly after his tenure as president of Fission 3.0 came to an end. The messages portrayed him as a disgruntled former executive who was criticizing the company, the petition states. (Fission hired Mr. Mushaluk as president on Sept. 18, 2019, lauding his "10 years of experience in financial markets" and his work in raising over $100-million. Despite the apparent excitement, just months later, the company said that he had left. In a one-line news release issued on Feb. 7, 2020, Fission attributed his departure to cost-reduction efforts.)
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