Brian Burke’s quest to uncover the online posters he says defamed him continued last week.
The Calgary Flames executive won a default judgment in B.C. Supreme Court against five online posters last week, according to the Vancouver Province.
The 58-year-old has won the right to serve legal papers to the aforementioned online commenters using the message boards he claims he was defamed on.
As a result, the hunt continues for anonymous online users NoFixed Address, CamBarkerfan, Lavy 16, Tulowd and Naggah, all of which failed to respond to the former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager’s lawsuit.
The court also ordered each of the defendants, whose real names remain unknown, to pay Burke damages and any legal costs he accumulates as a plaintiff.
Burke’s legal proceedings began in April when rumours surrounding his dismissal from his position with the Leafs became the subject of much gossip.
Burke claims he was defamed in online comments accusing him of having an extra-marital affair with sports reporter Hazel Mae of Rogers Sportsnet.
The lawsuit originally contained 18 names, including Poonerman, Slobberface and Sir Psycho Sexy, all of whom were named in court documents.
One of the posters went as far as to allege Burke impregnated Mae.
Burke’s ongoing court battle was filed in B.C. due to the location of the law firm he has obtained to handle the suit.