A Surrey-based businessman is taking a website to court for publishing what he says is defamatory material.

Robin Lee Dickson is suing TheDirty.com for posting what he says is false information about him.

He says the material was calculated to expose him to ridicule and hatred, and has damaged his reputation.

In the notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Dickson claims the site invites users to submit offensive and defamatory content about normal, everyday people.

Dickson wants the court to order TheDirty.com to stop publishing content relating to him, and wants damages.

TheDirty.com founder Hooman Abedi Karamian and the site’s internet provider and web host are also named in the lawsuit.