John v Ballingall 2017 ONCA 579

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Note

The ONCA has confirmed that an online newspaper is a "newspaper" within the meaning of the Ontario Libel and Slander Act, and subject to the same libel notice and limitation period as a print article.

Decision Summary

The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that an online newspaper is a “newspaper” within the meaning of the Ontario Libel and Slander Act, attracting the same libel notice and short limitation period protections as a print newspaper article.

The Court also rejected the argument that the “multiple publication rule” means that each day of online publication grounds a fresh cause of action.

References

John v Ballingall 2017 ONCA 579

John v Ballingall et al 2016 ONSC 2245

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