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Robinson obtains court dates and waits for Furlong to agree

Former Vancouver Olympic organizing committee president and CEO John Furlong reads a statement in Vancouver on September 27, 2012.
Former Vancouver Olympic organizing committee president and CEO John Furlong reads a statement in Vancouver on September 27, 2012.

Laura Robinson, the freelance journalist being sued by VANOC CEO for defamation, has reserved court dates in early 2015 and is waiting for Furlong to respond.

In a written statement from her lawyer, Robinson said she “wants the case heard and decided by a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. To that end she has obtained a trial date of January 19, 2015 and is waiting to see if Mr. Furlong will instruct his counsel to file and serve a Notice of Trial.”

In October Furlong said he was dropping his defamation suit against the Georgia Straight but was going to “escalate” action against Robinson, who wrote an article alleging former VANOC CEO John Furlong verbally and physically abused students while teaching in Burns Lake. To date, his lawyers have not moved forward in the action.

This notice follows one Robinson issued on December 2, 2013 about fundraising money for her legal defence by setting up an online donation site.

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Robinson is also seeking $100,000 for security for costs and has a hearing set at the Vancouver Courthouse on December 9.

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