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Irving’s Brunswick News vs. Kenneth Langdon’s Carleton Free Press – Part 3

This is the third part of the Irving owned Brunswick News versus the upstart Carleton Free Press headed by William Kenneth Langdon. Part 1 and Part 2 are available as background on the soap opera / court case.

At the continuation of the injunction hearing against Ken Langdon, Brunswick News has decided to scale back its injunction request from a complete ban preventing Mr. Langdon from contacting advertisers, suppliers and contractors of the Bugle-Observer to a ban preventing solicitation of 15 key advertisers and certain contractors including correspondents and paper delivery workers.

Mr. Langdon and his lawyer dismissed the changes and claimed that they are effectively the same and they argue that the concession is not a real concession when the volume of business from the unnamed 15 clients are taken into consideration.

Unfortunately after two days of arguments, the judge has reserved his decision on the requested injunction until Friday November 2nd. The date for a complete trial against Mr. Langdon hasn’t been set yet.

Another fact in the case that was brought up at the now deleted Gypsy-blog (http://gypsy-blog.blogspot.com/2007/10/carleton-free-press.html) is that the new Carleton Free Press is not owned by Ken Langdon but by a (some?) prominent businessman in the Woodstock area. I have also read conflicting evidence as to when the first edition of the Carleton Free Press is to be released. Both Tuesday October 30th and Thursday November 1st have been put forward by various internet sources. I would think that the latter is more likely being that Thursday is the beginning of the new month.

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October 30th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Business, Fredericton, Media, New Brunswick | 3 comments


  1. I am one of the “walking wounded” who worked for the Irvings and was treated poorly by them.

    I wish Carleton Free Press every success and hope that, at some time, the business/political/media climate in the Maritimes will permit the “walking wounded” to discuss what happened to them freely.

    Comment by JANICE LINDSAY | November 6, 2007

  2. IRVINGS hire a poor person and make sure they stay as the working poor. There are sooo many ‘walking wounded’ that IRVING has promoted. I am sure the Carleton Free Press will be a success, just to have a voice. Do they have a website??

    Comment by Sylvia Laberee | November 9, 2007

  3. There is certainly a love-hate relationship with the Irving’s in the province. Personally I have nothing against them but I really don’t like the fact that the biggest industrial empire in the province happens to own all of the newspapers and by extension information that flows out to New Brunswickers.

    Luckily, the Internet and the Carleton Free Press offer us some hope. The Carleton’s website is at http://www.carletonfreepress.com but it currently doesn’t have any content. Hopefully that will change soon.

    Comment by Danny | November 10, 2007

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