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Libel and the Crime and Courts Act: Why not commence the carrot? – Robert Sharp

In my recent post on the Malkiewicz v UK application, I noted two ideas for reducing exorbitant cost of defamation proceedings. One was to allow publication proceedings to be heard in the County Courts, taking advantage of the costs limitations imposed by the ‘small claims’ and ‘fast track’ procedural rules. Alternatively, a new specialist court or tribunal could handle such claims. Continue reading

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation: a SLAPP in the face for free speech. What are SLAPPs? – Peter Coe

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) is a type of litigation (or threat of litigation) that are used, as the name suggests, strategically by claimants against organisations and individuals – including NGOs, activists, academics, whistleblowers, and journalists – to shut down free speech. Consequently, they pose a threat to democracy, that as members of society we should all be concerned about. Continue reading

Supreme Court of Canada Answers Questions about Ontario’s Anti-SLAPP Test, Raises More about Qualified Privilege – Iris Fischer, Kaley Pulfer, and Justin Manoryk

Five years after “anti-SLAPP” legislation in Ontario, Canada (the “anti-SLAPP law”) was enacted, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has weighed in to provide much-needed guidance in an area hampered by uncertainty. The anti-SLAPP law is aimed at discouraging claims that unduly limit expression on matters of public interest and reducing “libel chill”. It provides a route for defendants to seek to have claims involving such expression dismissed at an early stage. Continue reading

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