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Rules TV ad defamatory   VANCOUVER, July 2, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A judge has ordered the Hospital Employees’ Union to stop broadcasting a defamatory TV ad that links A & A Services to gross acts by other, totally unrelated companies. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Alison Beames supported the company in a ruling Friday, granting its request for an injunction. “It’s clear to me the advertisement … is defamatory,” Beames said.  The HEU ads juxtaposed abortion headlines with a montage of graphic descriptions of troubling incidents of cleaning negligence in U.S. and Scottish hospitals, including severed human body parts delivered with cleaned laundry. The judge ruled that the ad falsely implies that A & A is implicated in such negligence.  B.C. Children’s and Women’s Hospital recently cancelled A & A’s cleaning contract on grounds that one of its owners was a local pro-life activist. A & A is also suing the HEU and its business manager, Chris Allnutt, for libellous statements that the company somehow poses a threat to the health and safety of patients (i.e., abortion customers) in a clinic that was separate from the one A & A had been cleaning.  To read CBC News coverage see:  https://vancouver.cbc.ca/template/servlet/View?filename=bc_ads020628   For previous LifeSite coverage see:  COMPANY SUES HOSPITAL UNION OVER CONTRACT   https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2002/jun/02062703.html

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