Casses v Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2016 BCSC 949
From Ad IDEM / CMLA
Following on a successful responsible communication defence in Casses v CBC et al, summarized earlier, the trial judge has now awarded costs on an increased scale to CBC and “special costs” (similar to solicitor-client costs) to the individual defendants.
The judge referred to the tactic of suing economically weaker individual sources for the media story and maintaining a claim for punitive damages through trial as “reprehensible”.
The judge also considered the principles at play in awarding double or increased costs based upon offers to settle.