The company at the centre of the robocall scandal has filed a $5-million defamation lawsuit against the New Democratic Party and MP Pat Martin.
RackNine Inc., and its CEO, Matthew Meier, filed the lawsuit with an Edmonton court on Friday, claiming the party, specifically Martin, made a variety of defamatory statements outside the House about the company over the so-called ‘robocalls’ affair.
The Edmonton-based company is seeking $2.5 million in damages for lost business income, as well as $2 million for aggravated damages linked to defamation and an additional $500,000 for general damages for defamation.
RackNine provided telephone marketing services during the 2011 federal election, and in the statement of claim, it said it was a non-partisan entity with no formal political relationship. The company’s services were used by the unknown person or persons who made misleading calls to voters in the federal riding of Guelph, Ont., causing chaos at a polling station.