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Defaming someone in a publication may be allowed by the courts if it’s in the public interest and the author was diligent in their reporting.

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Ontario has an anti-SLAPP law intended to encourage expression and debate on matters of public interest, by discouraging meritless lawsuits meant to stifle that expression.

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Defamation Lawyer, Gil Zvulony successfully defended an Anti-SLAPP motion for his client. The case involved postings about a real estate agent on WeChat.

An Anti-SLAPP motion seeks to have a legal proceeding dismissed because it is a proceeding that limits freedom of expression on a matter of public interest (Gag Proceeding). Mr. Zvulony was one of the first to test Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation in the courts in another case.

The full day motion was argued virtually using Zoom. The judge found in favour of Mr. Zvulony’s client and dismissed the Anti-SLAPP motion.

In his judgment, the judge thanked Mr. Zvulony for the superb quality of his oral and written submissions. The case can be found here: Niu v. Cao, 2020 ONSC 5407 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/j9kt8>

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Toronto Defamation lawyer Gil Zvulony spoke recently with the national media about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s threat of defamation proceedings against opposition leader Andrew Scheer. Mr. Zvulony believes that Trudeau faces an “uphill battle” in court and that a defamation lawsuit in Ontario would likely get dismissed under Ontario’s Anti-Gag Proceedings law.

A video Clip with the CBC is below.

The interview with the Post Millennial can be found here:


Trudeau risks more by suing Scheer: defamation expert

Trudeau takes big risk, for faint hope at winning libel suit against Scheer: defamation expert

Toronto lawyer and defamation expert Gil Zvulony says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s threat to sue Conservative leader Andrew Scheer over comments he made about the PM’s conduct involving ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould is “a bad move”.

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What are the legal repercussions when someone is the subject of a false and damaging statement in the workplace. Are there any special considerations that apply to the workplace?

This article explores ten essential tips for dealing with defamation on the internet. It provides some simple and practical advice to people who have been libeled on the internet, including how to determine the severity of the defamation, whether the posting is defamatory, and whether it is worth suing over.

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Toronto Internet and Defamation Lawyer, Gil Zvulony sat down with CBC’s Carol MacNeil to discuss the legal issues surrounding negative online reviews on websites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor.  Mr. Zvulony discussed how the law of defamation can apply to online reviews. He gave some practical tips to keep in mind before authoring a negative online review about a company, such as having someone proof-read your post, and limiting your critique to facts you can easily prove. The entire clip can be viewed below.

Gil Zvulony, Toronto Defamation Lawyer, recently spoke to Law Times about the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in the defamation case of Foulidis v. Ford.  Gil Zvulony, noted the importance of naming the right parties in a defamation lawsuit, and questioned why certain parties were not added to the lawsuit.

The full article can be found here:

http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201409294219/focus-on/focus-lessons-from-ford-defamation-case

 

Toronto Defamation Lawyer, Gil Zvulony was recently featured in a story Global News did about online reviews and defamation.  Gil Zvulony gave some tips on writing a good review that could protect a reviewer from a defamation lawsuit.

The article can be found here: http://globalnews.ca/news/1362949/be-careful-what-you-write-that-online-review-could-get-you-sued/