The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that Conrad Black's libel suits against former Hollinger International officials may proceed, Editor & Publisher has reported.
The three-judge panel agreed with Black's argument, ruling that he is entitled to bring the suits "before the community in which his reputation has been damaged."
The former Hollinger directors collaborated with former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Richard Breeden on a 2004 report that said Black ran a "corporate kleptocracy" while serving as the company's CEO. The report led to U.S. indictments of the former Daily Telegraph owner.
Black was released on bail in July after serving 28 months of his six-and-a-half-year sentence for mail and wire fraud and obstruction of justice.