CALGARY — A Calgary homebuilder suing Naheed Nenshi for defamation has been ordered to pay back some of the mayor's legal bills.
A Court of Queen's Bench judge ordered Cal Wenzel of Shane Homes to pay Nenshi $10,000.
The homebuilder wanted a judge to rule on the lawsuit without going to trial but the judge threw out that application and ordered legal costs to be paid back to the mayor.
In his defamation suit, Wenzel is seeking damages for public remarks made by the mayor during the 2013 civic election campaign in which he is alleged to have compared Wenzel to a character in "The Godfather'' movies.
Prior to the last civic election, Wenzel was secretly recorded discussing a plan to defeat members of Calgary city council.
In his statement of defence, Nenshi says there is no defamatory meaning to anything Wenzel mentions in his statement of claim.
A three-week trial before a jury is scheduled for February.
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