Defamation lawsuit against Rob Ford headed to Appeal Court

Boardwalk Pub owner George Foulidis challenging lower court's decision

A restaurant owner says a judge was wrong to dismiss his defamation lawsuit against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and is taking the case to Ontario's highest court.

George Foulidis sued Ford over comments he made to a the Toronto Sun when he was a city councillor, suggesting an untendered, 20-year leasing deal between Foulidis's company and the city was corrupt and that it "stinks to high heaven."

A judge dismissed the lawsuit in December 2012, ruling that Foulidis didn't prove the comments were directed at him or that they were defamatory.

In documents filed with Ontario's Appeal Court, Foulidis argues that the judge wrongly zeroed in on an additional comment Ford made, saying "I can't accuse anyone or I can't pinpoint it."

Foulidis says the overall tenor of Ford's comments is defamatory and his additional remark doesn't neutralize what Foulidis calls the false and damaging allegations.

The appeal is tentatively scheduled to be heard May 20 and Ford has not yet filed his responding documents.

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  1. don was right posted on 04/03/2014 01:16 PM
    Darn it. I was ready to the Boardwalk Cafe for a meal. No way I am gonna support that nut case now
  2. john posted on 04/03/2014 02:10 PM
    aaawwww now thats is cute . Paul maget wants to get his ass kicked . in the courts . give it up while u are at it .
  3. john posted on 04/03/2014 02:15 PM
    i hear form people who whant there say the food tastes like cow shit . maybe we should get chef Ramsay over there to take care of that mess . he will whip them a new one .
    1. john's mom posted on 04/03/2014 02:48 PM
      @john John, your can of beans is almost heated up.
      Come and get your bowl and spoon.
  4. john's mom posted on 04/03/2014 02:34 PM
    John, your can of beans is almost heated up.
    Come and get your bowl and spoon.
  5. Mark7 posted on 04/03/2014 04:29 PM
    Excellent, he's taking another crack at Rob. I hope the city pays his legal bills this time around. And they don't serve pussy at the Boardwalk, only Greek style food so they can't say that Rob rolled over.

  6. Frankie posted on 04/03/2014 05:22 PM
    We should all go this cafe then post reviews on Yelp Chowhound TripAdvisor etc. If they deserve crappy reviews that'll do more damage to his business than anything else.
  7. arthur posted on 04/04/2014 02:03 PM
    I'm going to support George Foulidis and his business more often now. tell everyone i know to go down eat at his restaurant and i encourage everyone else to support him in fighting Ford
  8. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 12:29 PM
    This is going to end up like when Clay Ruby tried to bring the conflict-of-interest case before the Supreme Court:
    Case dismissed.
    1. tanjo posted on 04/10/2014 09:14 AM
      @Karl Burgin Actually Ruby won that case. It got overturned on appeal.

      Interestingly, think about the point in time when Ford lost the C of I case, before the appeal:

      1) The major victories of his administration had already been achieved (Car tax, unions, trash)
      2) Most media except the Star were still on his side, I remember John Tory bemoaning the law saying yes, he was in conflict but there should be other punishments than him losing his job
      3) The crack video was still months away from being taken, and may never have happened if he wasn't still mayor

      If he had just taken his lumps, admitted he was in conflict, fell back and regrouped, he would probably be on his way to a larger majority now than he had back in 2010.

      In the Boardwalk case, I have trouble finding sympathy for either party.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 12:20 PM
      @tanjo Gotta disagree. These are miniscule issues of which people are nit-picking, because they don't want Ford as mayor.
      *Conflict of Interest Case
      *Boardwalk case
      *Case where people were looking into whether it was legal for Ford to put magnets on cars?!?!?

      I mean really? And just because you lost, you're going to waste the time of the Supreme Court to make a point?

      And I hate to repeat a point, but now you have the Liberals that have been embroiled in scandal after scandal that matter to the people of Ontario- and the gas plant issue is the ONLY scandal being seriously investigated. And even then, you still have a lot of people who are still willing to reward them by re-inserting them back into power.

      My point is TANJO, is its all about where your priorities lie. Myself (along with most other people) probably didn't even remember the Boardwalk issue- that was until the owner decided to rip the bandage off that wound again.
      As far as I see it, the owner in this regard is defaming himself by bringing this back up.
      People have got to stop creating issues for themselves- and look to blame others for it.
      If the Boardwalk restaurant gets a bad name this time around, the only person who is to blame is the owners reflection in the mirror.
  9. Etobi-COKE Voter posted on 04/13/2014 04:25 PM
    Robbie prefers the Steak Queen..................can shoot his arrogant and ignorant mouth off there
  10. ted posted on 04/22/2014 11:17 AM
    All of Clayton Ruby's cockroach sock-puppet pals are crawling out from under the cupboards now that the election is warming up.
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