UNB Law Professor Hilary Young recently presented her paper on “Canadian Defamation Actions: An Empirical Study” at the Canadian Media Lawyer’s Conference in Halifax on Nov. 4. Professor Young’s paper was a quantitative study of Canadian defamation cases between 1973-1983 and 2003-2013.
Professor Young’s findings concluded:
- Damages have more than doubled, when adjusted for inflation, between these two periods
- Corporate defamation claims make up about a third of the total in Canada
- Plaintiffs established liability much more often in 1973-1983 than in 2003-2013
- Punitive damages are awarded much more often to corporations than to human plaintiffs and in higher amounts
- Punitive damages are awarded in about a quarter of cases between 2003-2013
- Publications in new media (internet and email) result in liability more often than publications in another media
The Canadian Media Lawyer’s Conference was held on Nov. 4 and 5 in Halifax, where Dr. Young presented her findings on a panel entitled “statistical analysis of defamation actions and claims” with moderator Amy Crosbie (Curtis Dawe) and Rohit Trivedi (Axis Canada).
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