Media and Defamation
Our advocates have experience representing media groups, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and individuals in defamation matters. We represent litigants in both commencing and defending claims. We also have experience in complex defamation related litigation including pre-publication injunctions, anti-SLAPP motions and motions seeking to identify anonymous internet users (Norwich Pharmacal orders). We have acted as appellate counsel on precedent setting media and defamation cases including matters involving social media and cyber libel.
In addition to cyber libel and "twibel" claims, we are experienced in assisting our clients with copyright breaches, domain name disputes and jurisdictional questions.
We provide pre-publication advice to journalists, news agencies, authors and publishers on potential concerns and litigation risks in news broadcasts, investigative articles, books, and manuscripts.
Publication Bans and Sealing Orders
We have represented Canada’s major media outlets in opposing publication bans and sealing orders in proceedings before courts and administrative tribunals. Our lawyers have been involved in a number of groundbreaking cases as parties and public interest interveners seeking to protect and foster the open courts principle in Canadian law.
Access to Information Applications
We have acted for clients across the country in freedom of information access requests and litigation, under both the federal and provincial legislation.