A legal battle is brewing between hotel mogul Gordon Butch Stewart’s Gorstew Limited and the Oliver Clarke controlled Gleaner newspaper.
Lawyers for Gorstew say they’ve been instructed to file a $17-billion lawsuit against the Gleaner.
One of the attorneys for Gorstew is Hugh Wildman.
Mr. Wildman says the lawsuit concerns a publication by the Gleaner regarding a legal matter involving Opposition Senator, the PNP’s Noel Sloley.
Hugh Wildman, attorney for the Gordon Butch Stewart-controlled Gorstew Limited speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.
Mr. Stewart issued a statement on the matter today, explaining why he has moved to pursue a $17-billion lawsuit against the Gleaner.
He says the story in question alleged, “that the shares of businessman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart in Gorstew have been frozen due to his failure to pay legal costs to the tune of JMD$40-million to one Noel Sloley.”
Mr. Stewart says not only is the claim false and defamatory, but the publication by the Gleaner was and is factually incorrect.
Mr. Stewart further stated that the freezing order in question is in respect of costs claimed by Jamaica Tours Limited, which is the subject of ongoing litigation in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
When contacted this afternoon, Senior Legal Advisor at the Gleaner Newspaper, Sheena Stubbs, said she had no comment at this time as the issue had only recently come to her attention.
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