Lomiko’s Gill seeks to identify forum user “leesland”
Lomiko Metals Inc.’s CEO, Paul Gill, has once again filed a court case against a Stockhouse poster. He claims that a user named “leesland” is behind a three-year string of defamatory material.
FOR THE second time in recent months, Lomiko Metals Inc. chief executive officer Amrit Paul Gill has asked the Supreme Court of British Columbia to help him identify a Stockhouse forum user. He is asking for a court order for information related to a user named “leesland.” According to Mr. Gill, that user is behind a string of defamatory posts going back three years that have criticized Mr. Gill’s record as CEO.
The allegations are contained in a petition that Mr. Gill filed at the Vancouver courthouse on Oct. 5, 2018. The petition claims that the user leesland has been writing forum posts about Mr. Gill since at least Aug. 6, 2015, to the present. As Mr. Gill sees things, the posts are harming his reputation. As he does not know the user’s name, he has no legal recourse without the court’s assistance, he says.
Mr. Gill is seeking a court order that would direct Stockhouse to provide any identifying information that it has for the user. This would include the IP address. An IP address is a unique numerical identifier that can be used to trace a computer’s physical location through the user’s Internet service provider. Assuming he is successful in locating the user, Mr. Gill could then begin legal action or (more likely) extract an apology.
The posts that Mr. Gill complains of, which he quotes in full, begin with one dated Aug. 6, 2015. “What can be said about Gill and LMR’s track record the last 7 years that could drive anyone to invest in LMR at this point,” the post began. “I laugh at all the people who pumped this above 7 cents and described what the share price was to come about and NOTHING. Oh well, I may invest at 1 cent.”
Another post, dated Oct. 28, 2015, referred to Mr. Gill’s salary and suggested that he could be one of the few insiders buying the stock. “I can see the only insider who buys this at the 3-7 cent range is Paul Gill and if Gill did not snag them up I think its safe to say LMR will be at 1 cent,” the post stated. It continued, “I would like to know the burn rate of Gill’s salary and the out sourcing of his own company the last 4 years vs the amount of money put direct into the ground on the assets.” The posts continued in a similar vein, with a July 5, 2017, message titled, “Gills stats as a ceo.” The post read: “Must [hand] it to Gill, ben with the company for how long and cant find stability above 3 cents pre roll back. Must be nice to be a CEO of a public listed company and draw a salary for this long with the numbers Gill has produced to his share holders.”
An o the r mes s age, da ted May 10, 2018, read: “Paul you need another Roll Back. Wow Paul, are we back below single digits once more, I think we should go 20 to 1 maybe if the share price will not be in single digits for a year. Who am I kidding with Paul Gill it would drop from a buck to a nickle in weeks.”
The final message that Mr. Gill complains of came on Sept. 4, 2018. It referred to another recent court case in which Mr. Gill is seeking to identify a Stockhouse user. It read: “The great Paul Gil, looking for justice in the courts from a CEO who basically has not done that well, sorry let me be honest has not performed at a level that could make many shareholders satisfied with him his run ... . ” A judge has not yet heard Mr. Gill’s petition. Vancouver lawyer Erika Decker of Harper Grey LLP filed the case on his behalf.
The case comes just over a month after Mr. Gill won an identifying order for another Stockhouse poster, this one named “TruthDigger.” Mr. Gill complained that somebody using that alias had wrongfully accused him of fraud. Mr. Gill pursued similar cases in 2012, seeking a court order for two users named “gwaa” and “buybuybuy1.” According to a petition that Mr. Gill filed on Sept. 18, 2012, those users posted material that accused Mr. Gill of committing fraud, being a “joke of a CEO” and of having engaged in “self serving pumping.” As with TruthDigger, Mr. Gill obtained a court order that permitted Stockhouse to provide identifying information for the pair. He does not appear to have pursued the matter further in court, at least in B.C., but there were no additional posts under those user names.
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