07/11/2012 06:28 EDT | Updated 09/10/2012 05:12 EDT

Danny Williams And Mining Company Sue Environmentalists, Blogger

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams and mining company Alderon have filed a lawsuit against the Sierra Club Canada, environmental activist Bruno Marcocchio and political blogger Brad Cabana.

In court papers obtained by the CBC, the plaintiffs alleged that Marcocchio, on behalf of Sierra Club Canada, made defamatory statements during VOCM's "Backtalk" radio program, agreeing on live radio that the plaintiffs were "a bunch of corporate psychopaths ... who stand to make millions by pulling this deal off".

Williams and Alderon also alleged that Brad Cabana made false and defamatory allegations in an online blog and on the same radio program, agreeing on live radio that "the only reason [the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador] is doing Muskrat Falls is because the citizens in power are screwing us, are pulling the wool over our eyes".

Williams and Alderon are claiming damages under the Defamation Act.

No statement of defence has been filed.

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