Author Mark Silverthorn denies being sued for $500K by lawyer Deanna Natale

Mark Silverthorn, author of The Wolf At The Door:  What To Do When Collection Agencies Come Calling

KITCHENER, ON, Jan. 5 /CNW/ -  Author Mark Silverthorn denies rumours that he has been sued by lawyer Deanna Natale for $500,000 for defamation.

Silverthorn says, "No one has sued me.  However, I did receive a letter dated November 26, 2010, from Toronto lawyer William McDowell, one of Ms. Natale's lawyers, which contained a draft statement of claim indicating that Ms. Natale was seeking from me $500,000 in general damages and an additional $50,000 in punitive damages. Consequently, on December 15, 2010, I made a formal complaint against Mr. McDowell to The Law Society of Upper Canada."

Markham collection lawyer Deanna Natale, daughter of Liberal MP Judy Sgro, is scheduled to appear before a 2-day disciplinary hearing on January 11th and 12th at The Law Society in Toronto in connection with her law firm's high-volume debt collection practice and her firm's use of draft statement of claims.

In the past two weeks Ms. Natale's situation may have changed for the worse.  In a letter dated December 23, 2010, faxed to all complainants against Ms. Natale, Ms. Amanda Worley, the Law Society's Discipline Counsel, responsible for "prosecuting" Ms. Natale with respect to allegations of professional misconduct, states that "The Law Society is in the process of investigating and assessing new information which has recently come to our attention."  The entire contents of this letter can be read on consumer lawyer Mark Silverthorn's website at  

Consumer advocate Mark Silverthorn has posted 75 pages of background material in connection with Ms. Natale's collection activities on his law firm's website,  and he recently announced that his next book Draft statement of claim gate: The Scandal That Rocked The Canadian Collection Industry will be in bookstores on December 1st of this year.

SOURCE Mark Anthony Silverthorn Law Office PC

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