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A 'SLAPP' in the face to defamation plaintiffs

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 8:40 AM | By Brian Radnoff

Legislation to combat the apparent problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPP) has been in effect in Ontario for over two years through the enactment of the Protection of Public Participation Act. This legislation amended the Courts of Justice Act to include new sections 137.1 to 137.5. The primary provision is s. 137.1, which permits defendants to move to have a plaintiff’s action dismissed when the action arises from an expression made that relates to a matter of public interest.

As drafted, the legislation is...