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SCC fractures over forum non conveniens in multijurisdictional Internet libel case

Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 6:55 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada has splintered over the private international law principles applicable to the issues of jurisdiction, forum non conveniens and choice of law in the context of a multijurisdictional Internet libel case — with most of its judges declining to substantially reform the usual rules Canadian courts apply in deciding whether to assume and exercise jurisdiction in cross-border legal disputes.

On June 6, the top court divided 6-3 to allow the appeal of media outlet Haaretz against Ontario decisions below which permitted a...