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ANNA TURNER
Last updated 13:19 26/06/2012

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The Earthquake Commission has engaged a law firm to have posts it says are defamatory of two of its employees removed from a website.

The website, established by Consumer Advocates Ltd (CAL), which works on behalf of people dealing with the commission, this month posted the names and photographs of two EQC engineers online.

Letters from EQC's lawyers, Chapman Tripp, were sent this week to the man behind Consumer Advocates, Victor Cattermole, threatening legal action if the posts were not removed.

''Unless you promptly remove the posts and the comments from the page, defamation proceedings may be instituted against CAL and yourself,'' Chapman Tripp partner Bruce Scott said.

The postings regarding the engineers had been removed from the website, but a new post by the company owner said the website host had taken them down.

There was still an online link to a picture of one of the engineers and posts of the legal letter Cattermole received and his reply to it.

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