Warman v. Fournier

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Correspondence

Date: 

09/10/2007

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Canada

Disposition: 

Lawsuit Filed

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Richard Warman is a Canadian human rights lawyer based in Ottawa. Formerly with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Warman is best known for initiating human rights complaints against members of white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements for engaging in hate speech on the... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Constance Wilkins-Fournier; Mark Fournier

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Canada

Location of Party: 

  • Canada
Description

Richard Warman is a Canadian human rights lawyer based in Ottawa. Formerly with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Warman is best known for initiating human rights complaints against members of white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements for engaging in hate speech on the Internet.

In September and October 2007, Warman sent two letters to Mark Fournier and Connie Wilkins-Fournier, proprietors of the right-wing Canadian forum/website, Freedominion.ca. The letters accused Fournier and Wilkins-Fournier of libel, stated Warman's "intention to commence an action for libel against [them]," and requested a complete retraction. The letters claimed that posts written by the Fourniers and forum participants were libelous in that they accused Warman of engaging in censorship, stifling free speech, and being a "professional complainer," among other things.

A number of websites and bloggers have proclaimed their support for the Fourniers and their condemnation of what they see as Warman's attempts at censorship. Among them are neo-Nazis that Warman has targeted in the past. There is no evidence that the Fourneirs condone the positions espoused by these neo-Nazi supporters, however. In fact, a significant portion of Freedominion.ca's user base appears to be supporters of Israel and Jewish causes.

On or around November 23, 2007, Warman filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum
Website

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Third-Party Content
  • Section 230
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Canada

Source of Law: 

  • Canada

Relevant Documents: 

CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

to-do: need to create entry for lawsuit