OTTAWA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether Conrad Black's libel suit over his former media company must be heard in Ontario, officials said.
An appeals court in Ontario ruled in August the case belongs in the provincial court. The high court agreed to hear Black's appeal of that ruling, scheduling arguments for March 22, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Black is currently free on bail while appealing a fraud conviction in the United States. He sued an executive with Hollinger International Inc. and five directors and advisers over statements posted on the company Web site in 2004.
At its height, Hollinger owned newspapers in Britain, Canada and the United States, and Black was considered the No. 3 press baron in the world. He is a member of the British House of Lords as Baron Black of Crossharbour.