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Case extends defamation liability to actions of others

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Mark Hayes & Adam Jacobs

The recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court in Pritchard v. Van Nes 2016 BCSC 686, has many tort and Internet law scholars questioning whether liability for defamation may now extend to include the actions of an individual’s social media friends and followers. Pritchard involved a neighbourly dispute involving the defendant’s fish pond and waterfall, a family dog, loud noises, parties and parking. After filing municipal complaints, the plaintiff’s wife took cell phone photographs and videos of the defendant’s property.

In response, the defendant complained on...