Richard C. Breeden, et al. v. Conrad Black – March 22, 2011
The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal by Conrad Black’s former business associates who claim that Black’s libel suits against them should not proceed in Ontario.
The former media mogul is suing former Hollinger International associates for libel. The actions are restricted to publications in Ontario and damages to Black’s reputation in Ontario. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the libel cases could proceed in the province, where Black established his reputation and where Hollinger’s parent companies were based.
The ten appellants argue that the libel suits should not be heard in Ontario, since none of the parties involved are Canadian. They want the case transferred to the United States, where Hollinger International had its headquarters.
Richard Breeden is the former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Other appellants include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former U.S. ambassadors Richard Burt and Raymond Seitz.
Black was convicted in 2007 of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.