The Court of Appeal of Alberta has found that lawyers for journalist Don Martin and Postmedia Network Inc. fraudulently concealed records in the defamation suit brought against them by former journalist and Alberta Progressive Conservative Party candidate Arthur Kent, and it has awarded Kent another $200,000 in costs.
Kent v. Martin stems from a 2008 article written by Don Martin about the tension between Kent and others in the PC party during Alberta’s provincial election. Trial judge Jo’Anne Strekaf found the article was defamatory, but Kent appealed the original costs awarded.
The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Kent last week. The cost award brought the total damages he’s received to $650,000. He originally sought $1.2 million.