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Study of Canadian defamation cases produces surprising results

Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 12:23 PM | By Donalee Moulton

Hilary Young, an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, has spent the last four years researching defamation cases in Canada. What she discovered is truly surprising.

Hilary Young, Faculty of Law at the University of New BrunswickYoung’s research, the first quantitative study of Canadian defamation actions, examined reported decisions between 1973-1983 and 2003-2013. Five findings stand out. First, damages have more than doubled, when adjusted for inflation, between these two periods. Young is reluctant to speculate on...