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Defamation

BUSINESS - Defamation

Among the firm's many significant cases in this area are the following:

  • We represented one of the parties in the Supreme Court of Canada in the leading Canadian case on the law of defamation. Among other things, the case interpreted the common law of defamation in the context of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, considered the defence of qualified privilege and established principles for awarding damages in such cases, including aggravated and punitive damages. Hill v. Church of Scientology, [1995] 2 S.C.R. 1130.

  • We represented one of the defendants at trial and all levels of appeal in a case that was ultimately decided, as a companion case to Hill, in the Supreme Court of Canada. Botiuk v. Toronto Free Press Publications Ltd., [1995] 3 S.C.R. 3.

  • We have acted in a number of cases that involved defamatory statements being circulated on the internet. In one such case, we represented the plaintiffs in an action that was commenced against an individual who was using postings on the internet to libel the management team of a corporation and, in so doing, influence the company‘s share price. By means of the proceedings, we were able to put a stop to the objectionable statements.