Sergakis c Peter McQueen 15 November 2016 Cour superieure du Quebec

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Note

The Court dismissed, at a preliminary stage, an action in defamation brought by Peter Sergakis, a well-known bar and restaurant owner, against Montreal city councillor Peter McQueen, deeming Sergakis’ action to be abusive and a SLAPP.

Decision Summary

The judgment reaffirms the crucial importance of municipal councillors’ freedom of expression and the Court’s duty to act urgently when faced with a SLAPP. It is also one of the few judgments rendered in Quebec in which an action in defamation is dismissed at a preliminary stage based on the fact that it is a SLAPP.


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 Sergakis c Peter McQueen 15 November 2016 Cour superieure du Quebec
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