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Platinum headline misleading & erroneous, No libel case won against news site

- Pattern of trying to discredit competition continues!
A rival of Virgin Islands News Online, BVI Platinum News, had an erroneous, politically motivated and misleading headline that Dr. Hubert O'Neal (right) has won a libel law suite against VINO. This is not so, as while a judge ruled for a Default Judgement, the news site through its Attorneys, has already filed for the Default Judgement to be set aside. The court is expected to set it aside. Virgin Islands News Online is well cemented for its breaking accurate news, inside scoops and frequent updates. Photo: VINO
Application to set aside judgement. Page One
Application to set aside judgement. Page One
Application to set aside judgement. Page Two
Application to set aside judgement. Page Two
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online has found it necessary to respond to a very misleading article, which appeared on one of the pro-government online news sites on October 4, 2012 under the headline "Breaking News: Dr. O'Neal Wins Libel Case Against VINO; Damages To Be Awarded Soon".

Statement by Advance Marketing and Professional Services/Virgin Islands News Online

We were not surprised to have received many phone calls from some of our over eight thousands readers per day, advertisers and supporters in regard to the deliberately erroneous article by our main competitor BVI Platinum News, which was posted today October 4, 2012, on their false and politically motivated claim that Dr. Hubert O’Neal had won a libel case against Virgin Islands News Online.

Firstly, no libel case was brought against Virgin Islands News Online.  There was a case brought against Advance Marketing and Professional Services, to which the name of our former Director, the esteemed Julian Willock, whose name still appears on our trade license, was later added as the first defendant.

Furthermore, BVI Platinum News’ headline in their article is grossly misleading, as on September 24, 2012 Master Charlesworth Tabor sided on a Default Judgement, which means that the case never even went to trial.

This means Advance Marketing and Professional Service and Virgin Islands News Online, which wrote the article, never had an opportunity to prove the facts of the case in a court of law.

What is a Default Judgement?

A Default Judgement is a judgement in favor of either party based on some failure to take action by the other party. Most often, it is a judgement in favor of a plaintiff when the defendant has not responded to a request of the court in a timely manner without due and good reason.

The failure to take action is the default, not that Dr. O’Neal won his case in a court of law or that the story written by the news site was libelous.  In fact, most legal experts that looked at the case had already concluded that Dr. O’Neal could not have won in court since what the news site reported was already public information filed at the High Court Registry, therefore it could not have been considered libel.

A Default Judgement can therefore be compared to a forfeit victory in sports.

However, Advance Marketing and Professional Services was dealing with the matter and had retained counsel from overseas; however, when Mr. Willock’s name was added to the case as the first defendant he took over the case from the parent company Advance Marketing and Professional Services and he requested more time to obtain his own legal counsel.

He then retained the law firm of Thornton Smith to deal with the matter.  We are pleased to announce that the law firm has since filed in the High court, asking for the Master’s Default Judgement to be set aside based on an error of law made by Master Tabor.

We are confident that the judge will rule in our favor and if the case had gone to trial we would have prevailed based on the facts of what we reported.

We can say nothing further, as we will not try this matter in the press because of our high regard for the Courts.

Virgin Islands News Online stands by its original story that we reported since it was based on facts about Robinson O’Neal Enterprises and Cassandra Titley O’Neal Phd., who is the administrator of her late father, Amos Jerome O'Neal’s estate. This news site is never in the habit of pursuing any personal attack and agenda against anyone, unlike two other media houses - one online news site and a tabloid newspaper.

With well over two and a half years of operation, Virgin Islands News Online has already established itself as solid, creditable, accurate, objective and not linked to any political party or family. That is why we are free to be objective and report only the truth, unlike others who can never say that.

That is why people trust this news site exclusively within government and all over to call us daily with inside information and tips on injustice and unfair practices.

This, we might add, is the basis of professional journalism and what all reporters in the Virgin Islands should aspire to achieve.  

We say again to those in the media houses, who continue to delight in the many failed attempts to be critical of Virgin Islands News Online, we humbly and politely suggest that one attack against the media house is an attack against all.  Today it may be this news site, tomorrow it may be yours.

We continue to thank our many readers, advertisers and our team of reporters around the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean and also our other media partners locally for the support, wise counsel and commitment to free speech, facts, and objectivity.

Virgin Islands News Online will be here for a long, long time as we are not going anywhere anytime soon.

Please click link to see story that was the subject of the libel suit by Dr. Hubert O’Neal.


51 Responses to “Platinum headline misleading & erroneous, No libel case won against news site”

  • Free Speech! (04/10/2012, 12:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stand up and fight!! Expose their dirty laundry for those that care to know....
  • we thank you (04/10/2012, 12:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so proud of you again vino thanks for bringing the facts to us...sorry for those who were rejoicing not so fast…hats off again for the facts sue the hell out of the NDP platinum
  • mother hen (04/10/2012, 12:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems that Mr. Willock is having a very great week he started to hit back ayo should know not to mess with Prince Julain
  • dog meat (04/10/2012, 12:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BAM let them tek that VINO you have finally break the news the real deal good job..let me see if the other sites will post this?
  • hog city (04/10/2012, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    take them to court...thats the new trend in the bvi
  • ooooo (04/10/2012, 12:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    everybody knows that site is jealous of this one and thats why them pushing all the negative stuff
  • go vino (04/10/2012, 12:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i'm beginning to smell jealousy between these online news sites all against's shameful
    • ------------------ (04/10/2012, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      VINO, most of the media houses are against you...they are still after you guys...dem always trying to say that your articles are inaccurate when they know that is not so!
    • enegy (06/10/2012, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Poor Platinum sigh
  • Vino supporter (04/10/2012, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Take that! Vino kick the facts. I must say vino going to keep beating the competation.
  • jack be still (04/10/2012, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This lie that platinum reported could have been avoided, if Platinum was not so bias and political and pro NDP yea and arrogant and pompous too…VINO we will always support you.
  • FACTS MAN (04/10/2012, 12:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Oh Maaan!!! When funny man see the facts he goin $h1t himself and will have to close down platinum... Poor fellow he cannot stop VINO!

    If only he can see the errors of his wicked ways and do the work the people elect him to do we could consider supporting him!

    • killer (04/10/2012, 15:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lawd ah mussy ayo going kill me here today
      • law school (05/10/2012, 15:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I read the O'neal article and it was not libelous. But VINO should have defended the case but its not over yet!!
  • kevin (04/10/2012, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    I always knew our son of the soil Julian will always prevail...god remain on his side. And I like the last part where it says vino will be here for a long long time...look man $h1tt1ng in dem

  • kkk (04/10/2012, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy, JW you got them again just how you want them so NO, when it rains it DEOS NOT pours!!
    • ask me (05/10/2012, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The haters of Mr. Julian are just some Sick, sick sick individuals but we know who they are, Breaking News aka funny man, Iwge and the other two NDP paid bloggers…people you all get some help..the child born here so he will be here for a long
  • liat 542 (04/10/2012, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are you all surprised? The other site is know for biased reporting!
  • @@@@@ (04/10/2012, 13:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I swear that Platunim and Beacon report more about their opinions rather than the actual facts about a story!
  • Virgin Gorda massive (04/10/2012, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ha ha let Hubert tek dat for trying to say vino article prevented him from beating uncle ralph? We done know doc cannot beat uncle ralph as long as ralph steering the ship in the 9th and that is a fact!!!
  • we the people (04/10/2012, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Willock, the intensity of the positive support in these comments about you and VINO is welcoming news. How can an ordinary young man who minds his own business be so liked? When you have done good like you have, you will always be loved by all, well not all i forgot the view haters ...just do not let it go to your head!
  • Shara Parlin (04/10/2012, 13:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    “That is why people trust this news site exclusively within government and all over to call us daily with inside information and tips on injustice and unfair practices”…I not a fan of VINO, but I must agreed 100 % with this statement!.
  • law (04/10/2012, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But if doc attorney had did their home work how could they miss that the trade lic in the child name???? deeds lawyers’ mehson
  • bull (04/10/2012, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The platinum spin and blogs most written in house on this article on dat disgusting site makes me sick to my stomach!! real reporting has gone to the dogs! They refused to post my positive blogs on the story and king Willock
  • pain killer (04/10/2012, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the good thing about you J is you born here! While others could run and hide in Antigua or St. Vincent for 20 years, you cannot go anywhere that is why we love and will always support you brother!
  • Nonsense (04/10/2012, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People, if you want to post multiple times on the same topic please use different sentence structure and syntax with your grammar. Do you even understand what that means? Majority of these posts are obviously written by the same person. Check the tone, grammar, punctuation (or lack thereof), hang it up already you're not fooling anyone but yourselves and your alter-egos. lol
  • Jokes (04/10/2012, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This situation is a keen example of why it is very neccessary to have more than one news reporting medium. As an unbias reader, I read all sites to pick out the truths from the half truths and by the time I get through reading all the sites, I can then pick sense out of nonsense and gather what really is the truth. I am not condoning this kind of reporting, but that's just the way news reporting hasdeveloped throughout the world. For years, the other sites controlled the news monopoly and reported in a very bias fashion. Now that there's a site with a different view or angle, it appears that it's under attack. VINO keep bringing us the news. I am one who welcomes ALL news sites!
    • paper boy (04/10/2012, 23:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      every where I go people always say at least i they are honest that VINO is one of the more respected sites around and they don't go out on a limb just to get attention or do they write there own comments. Can't say that about the other online news sites
  • the drunking soldier (04/10/2012, 20:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord look how them set of grudgeing competitors from the other news site just causing lots of trouble they want to see willock fall but it cannot happen he solid as a rock stand up julian and fight them down .is 6 of them involve with he and she and whats his name bam bam look out when ever u bark just bite dont be fearful
  • me a seh (04/10/2012, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO dem so on you to fail. Find a way to get financial support. It rough but I gwine give u me lil financial support for all them lawyer fee
    • Nonsense (04/10/2012, 23:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And you got 7 kids to feed? Can't be lmao haha
    • alvin (05/10/2012, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I checked the High court registry for myself and vino you are right and factual again…yes a default judgement waz awarded and yeap you did file a set aside request…thanks for the facts
  • cheat sheet (05/10/2012, 00:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO it seems like they are even plagiarize your blogs. I wrote a blog on your site then I looked on Platinum an saw the same blog but in a negative fashion. Desperate men do desperate things how sad...VINO all the way!
  • Jost Van Dyke (05/10/2012, 07:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not surprised by the Beacon or Platinum. They have used those two media on several occasions to attack persons they do not like and divide the BVI by race, where you from and what party you support.

    Unfortunately many of us cannot afford to pursue legal actions, as some of us are not born here so we leave it alone. But one day both Beacon and Platinum will touch the right person and they will get what they are looking for!!!!!!

    I think people should boycott those two media in protest of the despicable way they do the news and the division they cause to the BVI a peaceful place…and I know enough people are smart enough to see the hidden agenda of those two media.
  • NDP (05/10/2012, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems to me Platinum is only accepting comments that is bashing and hating on Virgin Islands News all now my comment I sent yesterday morning cannot be posted.... Just because I stood up for VINO on that site….things that mek you want to go hummmmmm
    • my two cents (05/10/2012, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok i taugh it was just me, so somebody else notice that Platinum has posted all negative comments against Mr. Willock on this story, which is highly unusual in the VI, as I know the brother has a lot of support for his work as a civil servant and starting vino

      That means they are not posting people's comments once it’s positive...the real example of bias and example of a media site with its own agenda.
  • got you (05/10/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we done know this is revenge for biwater
    • kkk (06/10/2012, 14:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not to worry Platinum, NDP, and the other racist paper think we are idiots?
  • Press battle (05/10/2012, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Battle of the BVI news site is just so childish and distasteful. Keep it about the issues that matter the most please.
  • HELLO!! (05/10/2012, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Strupppsss , all of the sites needs to get their facts straight before they print...none is better than none as far as I am concerned...
  • Buh-Deh (05/10/2012, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I lost respect for Platinum eons ago, particularly since I realized that they were not posting anything antiNDP and their affiliates or against anyone that they rub shoulders with. That one-sidedness is very unprofessional, especially for a news site. Thank you for committing your journaliti
  • appeal (05/10/2012, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for some common sense reporting VINO I don’t know who Platinumm and BVI Beacon think they’re fooling. But they appeal to some racist crowd along with NDP supporters
  • GoonSquad (05/10/2012, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vise Versa..they all print false and negative news as well as positive at medias will always be what they are...can't really tell them apart. What I would like them to do is to top printing negative blogs on perons who are hurting...they show NO compassion
  • active duty (06/10/2012, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of the NDP haters have no good intention for VINO or Willock so they need to just shut up and go hide in their officers
  • rethink (07/10/2012, 11:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But I read the story from vino and where is the libel???
  • public (08/10/2012, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    burtie should be ashamed of himself suing under those circumstances when the thing is a public document

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