Saturday, March 12, 2011

SuperClubs chairman, John Issa, has case dismissed!

May 5th of 2010 I posted a link, Hedonism II vs. The People, to an article by Jamaica's newspaper, The Observer.  The post highlighted a legal battle that was brewing against hotelier John Issa and his Hedonism brand of resorts.

Recently, Issa tried to turn the table on the Observer and sue them on a matter relating back from 2005!   But Jamaica's Supreme Court has thrown out the libel lawsuit Issa brought seeking compensatory, aggravated and exemplary damages for libel against the newspaper in relation to the letter published in 2005 titled "Naked flights to Jamaica".  Issa said in his suit that the letter was "falsely and maliciously" published and caused him loss and damages.

(SuperClubs chairman, John Issa)

Issa also said that the Observer refused to apologize and chose to "publish the libel in an attempt to increase its circulation, sales and monetary gain".   Plus in addition, Issa also alleged that the publication had "severely injured his credit, character and reputation and had brought him into public scandal".

In dismissing Issa's suit, Justice Kay Beckford noted that while the tone of the letter may be harsh, it was not defamatory nor was there any evidence that the reputation of the SuperClubs chairman, who holds an Order of Jamaica, had been damaged by the publication.

Read the full story at the Observer:  Court dismisses Issa suit against Observer.

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