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Social media sites facilitating defamatory posts could be liable

Social media platforms face a “significant” risk of being sued for defamation and potential liability amid growing concerns about offensive material being posted ... Read more

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Premier's anti-SLAPP law could kill her defamation suit

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s defamation action against opposition leader Patrick Brown may fall foul of her own government’s anti-SLAPP legislation, Toronto ... Read more

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Decision shows usefulness of anti-SLAPP legislation

A gravel pit company’s action against a critical local citizen for defamation has provided ammunition to proponents of Ontario’s controversial anti-SLAPP law, Toronto ... Read more

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Honesty, careful language key when posting online review

While the law does protect the right of Ontario consumers to post negative reviews written in “good faith,” commenters do still run the risk of being tied up ... Read more

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Winkler successful in landmark media libel case

A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling of criminal contempt resulted in a newspaper publisher being sentenced to 21 days in jail and levied with one of the highest ... Read more

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Decision highlights need for Libel and Slander Act update

Ontario’s Libel and Slander Act  (LSA) needs to be updated to reflect technological developments and the modern media landscape, says ... Read more

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Anti-SLAPP measures may have halted lawyer's successful defamation claim

A lawyer who won a defamation case against a prominent media commentator is fortunate that he launched his case before Ontario’s anti-SLAPP law came into force, says Toronto ... Read more

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Appeal court decision creates confusion about fair comment defence

An appeal court decision has added to uncertainty about when accusations of wrongdoing will be considered statements of opinion as opposed to fact, says Toronto defamation ... Read more

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Ruling needed to clarify plaintiff’s burden in SLAPP legislation

The  Protection of Public Participation Act —  aimed at combating the apparent problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPP) ... Read more

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Don't expect a windfall from a defamation action

Former war reporter Arthur Kent’s $250,000 legal cost award is a reminder that plaintiffs should never enter defamation actions in hopes of a big payday, says Toronto ... Read more

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Online defamation can lead to loss of job, business

People who feel compelled to rant or make accusations online should be aware they could be sued for defamation, says Vaughan employment and civil litigation lawyer  Arthur ... Read more

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OCA follows liberal SCC principles for jurisdiction in libel case

Toronto commercial litigation and defamation lawyer Brian Radnoff says a recent Court of Appeal decision — involving an Internet libel action based on an article ... Read more

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Kent decision reaffirms requirements of responsible journalism

A $200,000 defamation award won by former journalist and political hopeful Arthur Kent against a columnist and a national newspaper chain is a cautionary tale for ... Read more

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Facebook defamation decision something to Twitter about

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia has important implications for defamation through social media, says Toronto commercial litigation and defamation lawyer ... Read more

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OCA dismisses appeal in trailblazing defamation case

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent dismissal in a trailblazing defamation case presents interesting commentary around tactical issues at trial and the use of judicial ... Read more

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Radnoff to chair LSUC defamation law program

On Jan. 18 , Toronto defamation and commercial litigation lawyer  Brian Radnoff  will chair a program exploring current issues and recent decisions in defamation law, ... Read more

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Jury dismissal in libel trial a ‘surprise’

The dismissal of jurors in the Arthur Kent defamation trial, arising from opening statements claiming malice, is a "surprise" and a "cautionary tale" for the profession, says ... Read more

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Lack of due diligence opens door for libel claim

A Canadian Sikh who was falsely identified by media outlets as a terrorist involved in the Paris attacks serves as a reminder that media must conduct the proper due diligence ... Read more

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B.C. victims of attack website get injunctive relief

A recent decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court is a positive development for victims of attack websites, writes Toronto intellectual property and new media lawyer ... Read more

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Fake Twitter accounts can give rise to defamation claims

Parody accounts on social media are often viewed as a lighthearted way to poke fun at public figures, but they can become fertile ground for defamatory comment, Fredericton ... Read more

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