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clearing the plaintiff's name and reputation

The purpose of this webpage is to demonstrate none of the defaming assertions made by SAM KATZ in his Oct/9/2015 and Oct/10/2015 Facebook posts were true in any way. This will be executed by revealing and openly sharing factual information about occurrences that unfolded at the Barbara Hall dog park (a.k.a. 519 dog park) and subsequently by way of SAM KATZ's Facebook posts thereafter and which contained misleading, untrue and/or false information about the plaintiff who eventually filed a civil lawsuit against SAM KATZ. The reason this is being done is because to this day, the plaintiff is still being threatened, insulted or admonished by strangers because of the false information publicly conveyed by SAM KATZ who publicly shared private information about him and allowed his full name to be share on his Facebook post.

ALL OF THE BELOW-REFERENCED INFORMATION WAS PART OF THE PLAINTIFF'S CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST SAM KATZ (ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE CASE SC-15-15063) AND IS THEREFORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. At the Settlement Conference hosted at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice's building at 47 Sheppard Avenue East in Toronto Apr/19/2016, SAM KATZ settled the lawsuit brought against him, and issued a formal, signed letter of apology in which he openly admitted the defaming statements he made in his Oct/9/2015 and Oct/10/2015 Facebook posts were misleading, untrue and/or false.

The legal liability release prevents the letter of apology from being distributed or posted ALONG with references to the legal action against SAM KATZ and certain other elements. SAM KATZ's letter of apology, however, is now a matter of public record related to the case (SC-15-15063) and anyone can obtain a copy and read it by making a written request at the above-mentioned address.

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oct/6/2015: what really happened?

SAM KATZ'S DOG ATTACKED AND BIT THE PLAINTIFF'S DOG

As the plaintiff entered the Barbara Hall Dog Park (aka "519 dog park") with his dog (Dragon, a purebred Doberman Pinscher Canadian Conformation Champion that weighs approximately 55lbs) on the afternoon of Oct/6/2015, SAM KATZ's dog (Mo, a male German Shepherd mix that weighs approximately 85lbs) attacked and bit Dragon three times as she was still on the leash. She yelped loudly each time as she was trying to hide behind my legs. After the FIRST bite, the plaintiff asked who was the owner but no one came forward. After the SECOND bite, the plaintiff asked again who was the owner but no one came forward. No one came forward either after the THIRD bite, so the plaintiff laid his foot against SAM KATZ's dog and pushed it away in a very controlled manner - as confirmed by ALL witnesses in the attached signed affidavits.

SAM KATZ'S INSULTED THE PLAINTIFF, INVITED HIM TO FIGHT HIM AND UTTERED DEATH THREATS

SAM KATZ rushed towards the plaintiff and shouted “If you kick my dog again I’m gonna punch you in the fucking face” and then started to grab onto his dog’s collar and held it non-stop as his dog continued to try charging at Dragon and barking aggressively at her. The plaintiff calmly said he did not kick the dog but rather pushed it, and only after his dog had attacked and bitten the plaintiff's dog three times. SAM KATZ invited him to come over and fight him and uttered several insults and threats.

The plaintiff walked away to the middle of the park away from him. After a few minutes, the President of the Park Association, Mr Scott Gardiner-Crane (who was standing approximately three feet from the plaintiff when SAM KATZ's dog attacked Dragon) walked over to where the plaintiff was standing. SAM KATZ then rushed towards both individuals, and started uttering further insults and threats at the plaintiff, including but not limited to “I’m gonna fucking kill you” while taking several pictures of him. He then threatened to call the police to which the plaintiff immediately responded he should proceed right away. He said “ok” and looked at his phone and immediately put it to his ear, waited approximately 10 seconds and put the phone in his pocket and said he was not going to call the police but “I’ll come back next time and kick the shit out of your dog”. The plaintiff stayed still and did not answer the threat and SAM KATZ left.
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oct/9/2015: sam katz's lies on Facebook

THREE days after the above-mentioned encounter – SAM KATZ authored and published a Facebook post on his own page, subsequently publicly shared over 31,000 times on Facebook and read as follows:

“To the douchebag who kicked my dog in the stomach at the 519 dog park on Tuesday night, so hard that Mo yelped – all for barking at your dog: I’m so happy that I contained myself and opted to go home, even after you hurled derogatory slurs and threatened both of us. How someone could ever harm an animal (let alone a dog owner) is beyond my comprehension. I took the high road and contacted city officials, Animal Services, the OSPCA and the Toronto Police – all of whom are interested in speaking with you! We consider injuring or even threatening an animal in this country to be an offence under the Criminal Code. Facebook friends, I need your help, IF YOU KNOW THIS MAN, please let me know his name. ☺”.
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oct/10/2015: more sam katz's lies on Facebook

On 2015/10/10, SAM KATZ authored and published yet another Facebook post on his own page, which read as follows:

“I have never been more proud to call myself a Torontonian. Yesterday, an entire city came together to stand up for Mo. I couldn’t have imagined that my post would be liked by 50 friends, let alone shared by over 20,000 people. One of the Toronto Police officers who helped me last night, mentioned that it even showed up on his newsfeed. The power of social media is absolutely incredible. The man was identified by numerous people yesterday afternoon and the police paid him a visit last night. He was unfortunately not charged, but he was warned that any further contact with Mo or I will lead to criminal harassment charges. I truly appreciate all the messages of support and especially the people who helped me identify this man. Always stand up for what you believe in and NEVER back down from a bully. Having dealt with his for a few days, Mo and I would love some privacy now and will be putting this behind us. We’re going to grab him a bunch of new toys and bones – spend the rest of the weekend hanging together and showing him how loved he is! THANK YOU all again and have a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend.”
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Acquaintance of Sam Katz posts hundreds of flyers on trees

On Saturday Oct/10/2015 hundreds of flyers were found stapled on trees in the neighbourhood containing the same false allegations about the plaintiff and with the same pictures of him as those found in Mr Katz’s Oct/9/2015 Facebook post.

On Oct/19/2015, Constable Scott Hodgson of 51 Division of the Toronto Police Service informed the plaintiff that SAM KATZ admitted to him that an acquaintance of his had posted the flyers. Constable Hodgson also said that SAM KATZ was immediately warned and ordered to instruct his acquaintance to take down all flyers.

Sam Katz lied 13 times in those posts

LIE #1
The plaintiff did not kick SAM KATZ's dog.
(as can be read in all sworn affidavits from the three independent witnesses whom the plaintiff did not know before the incident)

LIE #2
SAM KATZ's dog did not “only bark” at the plaintiff's dog, it also charged, attacked and bit her three times without SAM KATZ intervening.
(as can be read in all sworn affidavits from the three independent witnesses whom the plaintiff did not know before the incident)
Additionally, SAM KATZ originally claimed in his post that his dog only barked at the plaintiff's dog, but when he spoke to Toronto Police he switched his story and made the official statement "his dog and another dog got into an altercation" as can be read in the Toronto Police report TP 2015-1743442 provided.

LIE #3
SAM KATZ did not contain himself, but rather invited the plaintiff to fight, uttered several threats and insults and also threatened to kill the plaintiff.
(as can be read in all sworn affidavits from the three independent witnesses whom the plaintiff did not know before the incident)

LIE #4 and LIE #5
The plaintiff did not hurl derogatory slurs at SAM KATZ. The plaintiff did not hurl derogatory slurs at SAM KATZ's dog.
(as can be read in all sworn affidavits from the three independent witnesses whom the plaintiff did not know before the incident)

LIE #6 and LIE #7
The plaintiff did not threaten SAM KATZ. The plaintiff did not threaten SAM KATZ's dog.
(as can be read in all sworn affidavits from the three independent witnesses whom the plaintiff did not know before the incident)

LIE #8
Animal Services were NOT looking for the plaintiff. SAM KATZ sent an email to Animal Services (email duly filed into evidence in the civil lawsuit against SAM KATZ) 35 minutes before he wrote his first Facebook post on October 9th, 2015, and they responded to him AFTER he publicly stated they were looking for me and interested in talking to the plaintiff, which makes it evidently impossible for his statement to be true. Even after they did communicate with him, they still were NOT looking for the plaintiff in any way, shape or form.

LIE #9
The OSPCA were NOT looking for the plaintiff. SAM KATZ sent an email to the OSPCA (email duly filed into evidence in the civil lawsuit against SAM KATZ) 38 minutes before he wrote his first Facebook post on October 9th, 2015, and they responded to him AFTER he publicly stated they were looking for the plaintiff and interested in talking to him, which makes it evidently impossible for his statement to be true. Even after they did communicate with the plaintiff, they still were NOT looking for him in any way, shape or form.

LIE #10
SAM KATZ had not contacted Toronto Police when he made that statement in his Facebook post. SAM KATZ communicated with Toronto Police 14 hours AFTER his first Facebook post on Oct/9/2015, as shown in the police report which was duly filed into evidence in the civil lawsuit against SAM KATZ. You can compare the time of his Facebook post included above (10:10am) with the time Toronto Police met with him (11:46pm that same day). It will be left in the good judgement of readers to draw conclusions as to why he waited until after he made said statement to actually call Toronto Police.

LIE #11
Toronto Police was NOT looking for the plaintiff or interested in talking to him. As previously stated, SAM KATZ communicated with Toronto Police 14 HOURS AFTER his first Facebook post on Oct/9/2015 in which he made that statement, which makes it evidently impossible for his statement to be true.

LIE #12 and LIE #13
Toronto Police did NOT visit the plaintiff. Toronto Police did NOT warn the plaintiff in any way. As indicated in the full version of the Toronto Police report #2015-1743442.

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Oct/16/2015: sam katz receives a cease-and-desist letter

On the afternoon of Oct/16/2015, a 3rd-party registered mail service delivered a CEASE-AND-DESIST letter to SAM KATZ.

The cease-and-desist letter advocated for a number of solutions and actions to correct the false allegations made by SAM KATZ with the objective of mitigating damages which had been, were being, as well as continued to be done to the plaintiff's name and reputation, and resulting directly from the false allegations authored by SAM KATZ in his defaming Oct/9/2015 and Oct/10/2015 posts.

NONE of the remedies were applied by SAM KATZ to mitigate the past, current or future damages to the plaintiff's name and reputation, which resulted in the civil lawsuit being commenced against him.

Dec/21/2015: civil defamation lawsuit is filed against sam katz

On Dec/21/2015, a civil defamation lawsuit (SC-15-15063) was filed against SAM KATZ.

On Feb/22/2016, SAM KATZ was served the civil defamation lawsuit against him.
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Apr/19/2016: sam katz settles and recognizes he lied

At the Settlement Conference hosted at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice's building at 47 Sheppard Avenue East in Toronto Apr/19/2016, SAM KATZ settled the lawsuit brought against him, and issued a formal, signed letter of apology in which he openly admitted the defaming statements he made in his Oct/9/2015 and Oct/10/2015 Facebook posts were misleading, untrue and/or false.

The legal liability release prevents the letter of apology from being distributed or posted ALONG with references to the legal action against SAM KATZ and certain other elements. SAM KATZ's letter of apology, however, is now a matter of public record related to the case (SC-15-15063) and anyone can obtain a copy and read it by making a written request at the above-mentioned address.