Last Friday, Justice Peter Glennie delivered his verdict on the injunction request by Brunswick News against its former Woodstock Bugle-Observer publisher William Kenneth Langdon and the Carleton Free Press.
The most controversial portion of the requested injunction which asked for a prohibition against soliciting 15 selected advertisers (presumably the most profitable 15) was struck down. However another portion of the injunction which prohibits Langdon from using confidential information in his running of the weekly Carleton Free Press. In addition Langdon is prohibited from trying to hire Brunswick News employees until June or until the lawsuit against him is settled, whichever comes first.
All of the turmoil hasn’t prevented the Carleton Free Press from releasing its inaugural issue which was published Tuesday October the 30th and indeed I would argue that the press of the trial has given the upstart paper huge exposure. The story of the trial and the Carleton Free Press has made national news in the Toronto Star and international news a story on October 29th and November 5th in the New York Times.
I also noticed that the newspaper’s website has been updated but is still only showing a “Coming Soon” message.