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Canadian wins major battle in UK fight against Dubai Film Festival Chairman and Managing Director
By: PR Newswire
May. 21, 2009 12:00 PM
Defendants served with legal papers in
The UK defamation lawsuit against Juma and Pandya was filed last year, but not served.
The case had been originally filed in
Given Juma and Pandya's past tactics of using procedural means to avoid substantively appearing in court, Stephenson elected to pre-empt such tactics and appeared in the UK High Court on
Legal experts say that the ruling is significant because English courts only grant this permission when they are convinced that
Stephenson said that he has brought this action reluctantly after unsuccessfully attempting to reconcile matters amicably in a private way.
The suit alleges that the two defendants conspired to ruin his reputation by branding him a "racist" and an "Arab-hater," despite the fact that he had lived in the Arab world for 10 years and had started DIFF in 2003.
SOURCE Neil Stephenson Ltd.
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