At the Council in Committee meeting held on February 6, 2024, it was announced that the legal proceedings commenced by The Current’s owners and their business, MadValley Media, alleging misfeasance in public office and defamation, has been settled. The lawsuit was begun in late 2019 against the Township of Madawaska Valley and Kim Love, Carl Bromwich, Ernest Peplinski, David Shulist, and Mark Willmer who comprised the Council at the time. The form of a Joint Media Release was agreed and CAO Suzanne Klatt read the following at the meeting: (Pictured above. Photo YouTube/MadawaskaValley)
“I do have a press release on behalf of Council and I also have a Resolution that will need to be supported. I will first read off the Press Release which is dated today and it’s in relation to Court File No. CV21-00000002-0000. Roger Paul, Danielle Paul and MadValley Media (the “Paul Plaintiffs”) and Township of Madawaska Valley, Kim Love, Carl Bromwich, Ernest Peplinski, David Shulist and Mark Willmer (the “Township”) today have announced that they have reached a global settlement of all legal disputes between them. In order to avoid expense, burden and uncertainty associated with the litigation and to resolve their pending course case, the parties have entered into a confidential settlement agreement reflecting the following:
- The claim has been resolved by way of a mutual agreement between the parties;
- The resolution of the matter includes an undisclosed sum of money;
- The resolution of the matter includes a repeal of Resolution 2019-25-0827 as being based on mistaken grounds;
- The resolution of the matter includes a withdrawal of the Paul Plaintiffs’ lawsuit;
- The parties will not be commenting or publishing further regarding the settlement or the actions giving rise to the proceedings.
I would seek a Council Resolution through the chair that Council rescind Resolution 20109-25-0827 effective passing of this Resolution.”
The Resolution that was repealed at the meeting had been passed on August 27, 2019 and was worded as follows:
THAT Council accept the recommendation from Wishart and Law and not pursue legal action for costs against Templeman Menninga and; and THAT Council directs the CAO/Clerk to forward all future correspondence from Mr. Roger Paul to Council for Consideration at a Regular Council so council can decide what public resources will be allocated to Mr. Paul.
The owners of The Current, Roger and Danielle Paul, currently visiting family in the UK, commented that they are pleased with the terms of settlement and relieved that the lawsuit they brought to vindicate their and The Current’s reputation is finally over.