Slander Issues in 2020

  • 1704604 Ontario Ltd. v. Pointes Protection Association; Bent v. Platnick

These two cases analyzed anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario

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  • 1704604 Ontario Ltd. v. Pointes Protection Association; Bent v. Platnick

These two cases analyzed anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario

providing a detailed review of the language of the legislation and how it ought to, theoretically, be applied. Platnick involved the application of these principles with the 5:4 split suggesting that there remains a high degree of judicial discretion at play in the application of Ontario anti-SLAPP legislation. There was an Inforrm case comment.

 

  • Herron v HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd (No 3)[2020] FCA 1687.

The case concerned allegations made in a book written by journalist Steve Cannane, published in 2016, which concerned the Church of Scientology in Australia. The Claimants sued for defamation over the book’s contents, despite the issues raised having been found against them by an inquiry 30 years previously. The case covered determinations of many factual matters and ultimately the claimants were unsuccessful. There was a  5RB news item.

 

  • Rush v Nationwide News [2020] FCAFC 115

The newspapers’ unsuccessful appeal against the original finding in the Geoffery Rush defamation case from last year's list, concerned the assessment of the award of damages made by the Court. The award of $2,872,753.10 to Mr. Rush was upheld. The case was covered by the BBC.

 

  • Fairfax Media Publications; Nationwide News Pty Ltd; Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller [2020] NSWCA 102.

A finding that establishes that media companies can be considered publishers of comments made by readers on their social media accounts. This means media companies can be held responsible for responses to the media they post. The Court of Appeal majority in the case concluded: “it is not uncommon for persons to be held liable for the publication of defamatory imputations conveyed by matter composed by another person”. There was an Inforrm comment on the case.

 

  • Higgins v Irish Aviation Authority [2020] IECA 157.

A €387,000 defamation award by a jury to an Aer Lingus pilot against the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has been cut to €76,500 by the Court of Appeal. Mr. Justice Donald Binchy, on behalf of the three-judge COA, found the appropriate sum for general and aggravated damages was €76,500.  There were pieces in The Irish Examiner and the Sunday Times. There was a discussion on the Ronan Daly Jermyn website.

 

Source: https://inforrm.org/2020/12/31/top-10-defamation-cases-of-2020-a-selection-suneet-sharma/

 

 



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