Halsbury's Laws of Canada – Defamation (2018 Reissue)
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With continued advancements in modern technology, the means by which we can choose to disseminate information - from Internet chat rooms to social networking sites to Twitter - are constantly evolving. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of ways that defamation can occur, making it essential that all lawyers have a basic understanding of this important area of law.
The Halsbury's Defamation (2018 Reissue) title provides a succinct, general overview of the black letter law relating to defamation, libel and slander that is invaluable to practitioners who do not specialize in this area. Written by one of Canada's leading practitioners in the field, this title is national in scope, providing a thorough and authoritative summary of the pertinent legislation and case law regarding the requisite elements of an action for defamation, possible defences, and available remedies. Topics covered in this essential reference include:
- Defamation and freedom of expression
- At common law
- Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Criminal libel
- Civil defamation
- Under international human rights commitments
- Elements of a cause of action
- Defamatory statement
- Reference to the plaintiff
- Determining publication
- Innocent dissemination
- Absolute privilege
- Qualified privilege
- Fair comment
- Comment vs. fact
- Accurate or privileged facts
- Matter of public interest
- Without malice
- General damages
- Aggravated damages
- Punitive damages
- Special damages
- Screening for "SLAPP" Litigation
- Related Torts
- Malicious falsehood
- Intentional interference with economic relations
- Invasion of privacy and breach of confidence
And much more.
Table of contents
I. Defamation in Canadian Law
1. The Purpose of the Law of Defamation
2. Means of Enforcement
3. Defamation and Freedom of Expression
II. Elements of the Civil Cause of Action
1. The Defamatory Statement
2. Reference to the Plaintiff
III. Defences to the Civil Cause of Action
2. Absolute Privilege
3. Qualified Privilege
4. Fair Comment
6. Notice Requirements and Limitation Periods
1. General Damages
2. Aggravated, Punitive and Special Damages
4. Screening for "SLAPP" Litigation
V. Slander and Related Torts
2. Malicious Falsehood
4. Intentional Interference With Economic Relations
5. Breach of Confidence
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