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I'm disappointed Patrick hasn't found the time to stop by and give us his always entertaining take on how he's right and the rest of the world is wrong.

From the decision, which can be found here:

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/16/08/2016BCSC0810cor...

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Mitchell, Byrne and Deep Capture LLC engaged in a calculated and ruthless campaign to inflict as much damage on Mr. Nazerali's reputation as they could achieve. It is clear on the evidence that their intention was to conduct a vendetta in which the truth about Mr. Nazerali himself was of no consequence. Their mission was to expose what they conceive to be corrupt business practices damaging to the global economy. Mr. Nazerali became a convenient means to that end, even when he himself could not be demonstrated to be corrupt.
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Not only are the defamatory words pleaded by the plaintiff damaging to his reputation, these defendants, instead of choosing to tone down their extravagant language once they were sued, chose to pile on the abuse with a narrative of multiple allegations of serious misconduct which are set out in paragraph 13 of these reasons.
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The reasonable inference to draw is that they knew from the beginning of the trial that they could not justify the Articles’ false and extravagant language. Their approach to the defence of the action was an attempt to intimidate the plaintiff and to humiliate him into abandoning his lawsuit.
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The award of damages against Mark Mitchell, Patrick Byrne and Deep Capture LLC, for which they are each jointly and severally liable, is:

i. $400,000 in general damages;
ii. $500,000 in aggravated damages;
iii. $250,000 in punitive damages, and
iv. $55,000 in special damages

Total $1,205,000
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Patrick, any comment? Was the judge completely wrong here in his assessment? And why, inquiring minds want to know, was this your defense strategy? "Mitchell and Byrne then chose not to attempt to support the aggressive cross-examination with their own testimony, but instead to call no evidence at all."

I find that quite surprising.

Will you be appealing this decision?

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