Sandra Hill ordered to pay $105K for defamation - Cayman Compass

The Grand Court has ordered Cayman Marl Road administrator Sandra Hill to pay $105,000 in damages to businessman John Felder for defamation.

The default judgment was handed down by Justice Marlene Carter earlier today, 14 Sept., in chambers, which prevented the media from attending.

The Cayman Compass reached out to Hill, who stated that the settlement amount was $105,000.

The Compass has not been able to independently confirm that figure. However, Carter’s personal assistant said, “the judgment would be made public in due course”.

Felder’s defamation lawsuit against Hill stems from a series of posts in 2019, which were published on Hill’s Cayman Marl Road website and its supporting social media platforms.

On 27 Dec. 2019, Felder filed the lawsuit, which was followed up by a statement of claims on 29 Jan. 2020.

In the statement of claims, Felder alleged, “…several defamatory articles were published by the Defendant about the plaintiff and attacking his character and his business practices. By way of example, he was described as an “alleged fraudster” and a “first-rate con artist”. Reference was also made to email correspondence claiming Mr. Felder was, in fact a “con artist”.

As part of the of the original defamation lawsuit, Felder requested that a default judgment be returned in his favour, if Hill was unable to provide a defence for the allegations.

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