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Reporter loses bid to force former Olympic CEO to put up security in libel case

John Furlong poses in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. A freelance journalist has lost her bid to force Furlong to put up a $100,000 security in the former Vancouver Olympic CEO's libel suit against her. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
December 10, 2013 - 9:48 AM

VANCOUVER - A freelance journalist has lost her bid to force John Furlong to put up a $100,000 security in the former Vancouver Olympic CEO's libel suit against her.

Laura Robinson wrote an article for the Georgia Straight newspaper last fall that quoted several people who claimed to have been verbally and physically abused by Furlong when he was a teacher in northern B.C. in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Robinson asked a B.C. Supreme Court judge to order Furlong to put up $100,000 to prove he could pay her legal bills if he eventually lost the legal action.

But Judge Gordon Weatherill says Robinson failed to show Furlong lacks the resources to pay or that his claim is frivolous.

Robinson's lawyers say they've reserved a trial date for January 2015 but say Furlong has not taken adequate steps to move the case forward.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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