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Jun 21, 2016

Government is Sued by Sharon Anderson for Spreading Defamatory Email

Herbert Panton

At the time of the dissemination of that email, a subsequent press conference held by the Ministry of Health also conveyed the fabricated information.  The falsehood prompted the Public Service Union to demand answers from the Ministry of Health.  Panton says that the C.E.O. had no right to slander his client.

 

Herbert Panton, Attorney for Sharon Anderson

“The statement made by functionaries of the Ministry of Health at the time in that press conference was fundamentally defamatory.  We have asked for an apology, we have gotten none and so we’ve taken the ministry and its functionaries to court.”

 

Peter Allen

Reporter

“What are you asking for in terms of damages?”

 

Herbert Panton

“Damages are left for written submissions but we are asking for regular damages as far as what was done to our client, as well as punitive damage because we want the judge to send a clear message to all C.E.O.s and all senior government officers that you cannot trample upon the good name of public officers.  Mrs. Anderson has twenty-seven years of exemplary service and you are going to go on national television and speak of this woman being on strike and holding the government to ransom and being inefficient without one iota of proof.  Just because you are the C.E.O. and you feel that you have a right to do that and we are saying that that ought not to be countenanced and we want the judge to send a resounding message to all C.E.O.s and all senior government officers that you cannot treat your subordinates in this manner.”

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