Over three years ago, I commenced a lawsuit against an anonymous blogger( who went by the name of Squidly77 ) who was posting statements which were defamatory and damaging to me personally and to my real estate business. Many of the things he was saying were outright lies. I tracked him down(a fascinating story in itself), and after many delays and roadblocks put up by the defendant, it finally went to trial, and when it was his turn to take the stand, he chose to settle the matter “out-of-court.” He issued an apology and paid me a sum of money, the amount which I agreed not to disclose. My original statement of claim was for approximately half-a-million dollars.
When I unmasked him, it turns out his real name was Gary Michael Bench, and from what I can gather, he’s an oil patch worker who lives in Edmonton.
Suing Gary Bench, receiving a public apology, and holding him accountable for his lies was a matter of principle for me.
Some of his rantings appeared to be physical threats, and I was concerned that he was stalking me. He mentioned that he saw me skiing, and I knew it was true because he described my skiing style as stumbling around out there. He also threatened to hack into my website.
The guy was completely obsessed with me for some reason. I eventually installed tracking software on my real estate blog and have evidence that he logged into my blog up to 17 times a day(it could have been more, but I only tracked it for a few days).
Gary Bench’s apology (known to the blogosphere as Squidly):