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Day: 18 April 2012

News: Canada Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Libel Tourists – Paul B. Schabas and Erin Hoult

The Supreme Court of Canada today released two decisions regarding assumed jurisdiction in defamation matters that leave the door to libel tourism wide-open in Canada.  The two cases – Éditions Écosociété Inc. v. Banro Corp., 2012 SCC 18 and Breeden v. Black, 2012 SCC 19 – involve defamation suits commenced in Ontario against non-resident defendants. Continue reading

Case Law: McGrath v Dawkins – creationism, atheism and internet forums, where libel law should fear to tread

The full judgment in the libel case of McGrath v Dawkins which was handed down on 30 March 2012 is now available ([2012] EWHC B3 (QB)).   The claims was brought against an atheist blogger in respect of reviews on Amazon.co.uk and on an internet forum said to be run by a UK body, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.  It has attracted widespread comment on the internet as an example of an abusive libel action (see for example, this post on the Ministry of Truth blog). Continue reading

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