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New law allows defamation claim

Thursday, December 01, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Mark Shapiro

In one of the first decisions to deal with the anti-SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) provisions in s. 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act (CJA), a deputy judge has refused to dismiss the defamation claim of a politician in respect of statements posted online by an individual affiliated with a political advocacy group.

The anti-SLAPP provisions were enacted in late 2015 to address the concern that claims were being instituted by deep-pocketed plaintiffs intending to suppress public expression and participation, often in connection with...