mercredi 12 février 2014

"Vorbe & Fils" attaque "Tout-Haiti" : Liberté de presse = Responsabilité de presse.

Here's a summary of the letter that V&F's attorneys sent to ToutHaiti:  

On February 11, 2014, the law firm Richman Greer, located in Miami, Florida, dispatched a letter to Patrick Morisseau, the owner of the website, on behalf of their clients Jean Marie Vorbe and V&F Construction, S.A.  In the letter, the attorneys affirm that they will take legal action against Morisseau and ToutHaiti for the defamatory article, published on ToutHaiti's website, regarding bribes purportedly paid by V&F to the Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, in exchange for road construction contracts in Haiti.  The letter highlights that the author of the article, Emmanuel Roy, is a convicted felon who was recently sentenced by a federal court in New York to 87 months of incarceration.  According to V&F's attorneys, Morisseau and ToutHaiti failed to conduct any meaningful investigation regarding the accuracy of an article written by a criminal.  Had Morisseau and ToutHaiti bothered to conduct any investigation, they would have quickly realized that the statements regarding the purported bribes are entirely false.  As a result, the attorneys have given Morisseau and ToutHaiti five days to publish a retraction and an apology on ToutHaiti's website.  If Morisseau and ToutHaiti fail to comply by February 17, 2014, they will be met with a defamation lawsuit in federal court in Florida, and face "substantial punitive damages." 
"You can fool some people sometimes, 
But you can't fool all the people all the time."
Vous pouvez tromper quelques personnes, parfois, 
Mais vous ne pouvez pas tromper tout le monde tout le temps.
) dixit Abraham Lincoln.
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