Northwestel drops lawsuit against Orange Technology

Northwestel has dropped its libel lawsuit against the owner of a local IT company.

Northwestel has dropped its libel lawsuit against the owner of a local IT company.

Paperwork filed in Yukon Supreme Court last week says both sides consent to dismissing the case against Martin Lehner and the company he co-owns, Orange Technology.

Lehner confirmed the lawsuit had been dropped but said he had no other comment at this time. A Northwestel representative would not say why the company abandoned the lawsuit.

Northwestel filed the defamation lawsuit in January, arguing that Lehner made libellous statements in an interview with the CBC last year.

During the interview, Lehner claimed that a new fibre-optic line for the Yukon won’t solve all of the territory’s Internet problems.

He went on to talk about problems he said some of his clients had with their Internet.

According to the lawsuit, Lehner said one of his downtown Whitehorse clients experiences Internet outages lasting three to six minutes “about a dozen times a day on average.”

He also said other clients in the McRae area have outages “every single day.”

Northwestel disputed all of those claims. The company said the statements exposed Northwestel to ridicule, damaged its reputation and exposed it to possible sanctions from the CRTC.

Northwestel was asking for a court-ordered written apology and retraction as well as monetary damages for past and future losses.

Orange and Lehner countered that the statements were not defamatory against Northwestel because they “refer solely to Northwestel’s goods and services” and also because they are true.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

UPDATED: Porter Creek highway shooting now attempted murder investigation

Police believe incident was “targeted and related to the illicit drug trade and organized crime”

Inuvik mayor pens letter of concern about Dempster conditions

Conditions near Eagle Plains have been “terrible” the past two summers, she says

Yukon skiers embrace experience at Winter Youth Olympic Games

Derek Deuling and Sasha Masson skied for Team Canada at the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olympic Games

‘It was terribly traumatic to lose a patient,’ nurse says during Blackjack inquest

The inquest is now happening at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse council and staff consider low-income transit fares

The discussion leaves anti-poverty coalition members feeling optimistic

Today’s mailbox: Biomass, fire

Letters to the editor published Jan. 24

EDITORIAL: The health department needs a time-out

The information and privacy commissioner deserves to be treated better

Yukon Rivermen face tough tests on the road

The team is in the middle of its busiest stretch of the season — 10 league games in three weeks

Yukon skiers battle both rain and heavy snowfall at 2020 Haywood Western Canada Cup

“They also realize that you have to be ready for anything — extreme cold or extreme warm.”

City news, briefly

Some of the discussions from Whitehorse city council on Jan 20

Driving with Jens: Both motorists and pedestrians have responsibilities when sharing the road

Roadways are a shared-use public resource. They are meant to be shared… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: Biomass

Letters to the editor published Jan. 17

Most Read