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Dismissal of motion shows ‘one-sidedness’ of anti-SLAPP legislation, counsel says

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 12:49 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed a motion seeking to terminate a defamation lawsuit in a decision, counsel noted, highlights the one-sidedness of anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) legislation.

In McCarthy-Oppedisano v. Muter 2018 ONSC 2136, the court heard that the defendant, Mary Muter, sought an order dismissing the defamation action brought against her by the plaintiff, Tara McCarthy-Oppedisano (McCarthy).

According to court documents, McCarthy is a real estate agent in the community of Kingscross Estates, a part of the Township of King, and...