The claim also says Sager called D'Angelo a
"professional nuisance" and described his
interest in acquiring the National Hockey
League's Pittsburgh Penguins franchise as a
Sager, who also works as a copy
editor at the Ottawa Sun, said he has yet to
file a statement of defence and hopes to resolve
the matter out of court.
"I am shocked this happened," said Sager, who
several weeks ago revised some of the more
contentious remarks on his blog, "Out of Left
Field," at neatesager.blogspot.com.
"I'm still 100 per cent confident that
reasonable people can find a reasonable solution
to this and I just hope Mr. D'Angelo can sort of
see that it's really kind of silly that it has
come to this point."
The statement of claim argues the comments
"severely damaged (D'Angelo's) credit, character
and reputation" and that he was "brought into
public scandal and contempt" as a result.
"The fact is that the conduct of the
defendant in failing to remove the offending
entries from his website, his failure to issue
an apology and his public mockery of the notice
letter has aggravated the damages suffered," the
"The defendant did not provide a balanced
view and provided no opportunity to the
plaintiff to respond to the aspersions made
None of the allegations have yet been proven
Contrary to the allegation that Sager
provided D'Angelo no opportunity to respond, the
website has a comment feature that allows
readers to publicly share their own views and
opinions, Sager said.
"Anyone can leave a comment there."
D'Angelo, an Ontario businessman who also
owns a downtown Toronto restaurant as well as a
brand of energy drink and a line of apple juice,
says in the claim that he issued a notice letter
to Sager back in February expressing his
He argues Sager "promptly posted" the letter
on his website and mocked its contents.
Sager "refused to remove the offending
references" from his site and "revelled in the
prospect of being pursued for damages for libel"
for the "notoriety" and "attention" it brought
him, the claim says.
D'Angelo did not return phone calls Monday.