07/14/2011 03:09 EDT | Updated 09/13/2011 05:12 EDT

John Turmel, Mocked Dragons Den Contestant, Has No Grounds To Sue CBC Show For Defamation: Court


THE CANADIAN PRESS — TORONTO - Ontario's top court has snuffed out lawsuits by a disgruntled contestant filed against the television show Dragons' Den.

The Appeal Court says John Turmel appeared on the CBC show voluntarily and signed a consent form that precluded his two lawsuits.

Turmel launched two suits — dismissed by lower courts — among other things arguing his reputation was smeared when the show's panel of business tycoons savaged his ideas.

In his appeal, he said the consent form had been sprung on him at the last minute.

The Appeal Court found Turmel had adequate time to read the consent form.

It also noted he expressed no concerns at the time of signing.