Michael Mann v. Timothy ("Tim") Ball, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Inc. and John Doe
Side A: Michael Mann (Individual)
Side B: John Doe (Individual)
Side B: The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Inc. (Ngo)
Libel claim filed by climate scientist falsely suggested to be guilty of criminal fraud in connection to alleged Climategate scandal
In 2011, climate scientists Michael Mann filed a libel claim against Timothy ("Tim") Ball, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Inc., and an unnamed defendant ("John Doe"). The defendant Ball participated in an interview with the FCPP and John Doe during which Ball made false and defamatory statements inferring that Michael Mann is guilty of criminal fraud in relation to the alleged "Climategate" scandal or alternatively that there are probably grounds to find Mann guilty. The plaintiff sought damages, an injunction against further publication of the defamatory statements, and a court order for the defendants to remove the interview containing the defamatory statements from all electronic databases, including the FCPP website. In June 2019, the FCPP settled with Mann and issued a retraction and apology on their website. According to the media and statements from Michael Mann and his lawyer, on August 22, 2019, the court dismissed the case on account of delay. This dismissal was apparently responsive to Ball's request which stressed his poor health.