File:The Ad Idem Anti-SLAPP Media Release.pdf


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idem canadian media lawyers association university avenue suite toronto ontario m5h 3b7 416.238-7537 march 11a idem/canadian welcomes the passage british columbia protection public participation act bill unanimous vote legislative assembly. too often high cost litigation and threat damages awards can used weapon wealthy powerful silence critics both journalists well ordinary citizens activists. form anti-slapp “strategic lawsuit against participation” legislation promotes protects freedom expression creating court procedures allowing for appropriate circumstances early cost-effective dismissal lawsuits designed communications interest. allows defendant defamation apply basis that his her communication relates matter interest burden then shifts plaintiff show has substantial merit valid defence harm likely caused alleged serious enough proceed outweighs protecting defendant’s claim dismissed order fully partly pay legal costs brought bad faith improper purpose. same time not licence defame target they have suffered real malicious will permitted proceed. joins quebec only provinces with this protective idem/cmla encourages all remaining legislatures adopt similar protect expressive rights their citizens. yet force but expected receive royal assent become law coming weeks. national dedicated promotion throughout canada our objective “to reaffirm every day country importance these freedoms”. members board directors would happy comment field inquiries new act. ryder gilliland president dmg advocates llp (416 238-7537 david crerar vice-president borden ladner gervais (604 640-4181 robert anderson q.c b.c representative farris vaughan wills murphy 661-9372 daniel burnett past owen bird corporation 691-7506

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