Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lack of footnotes costs fish farm activist $75,000

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 On Monday, July 22nd the BC Court of Appeal ordered well-known anti- fish farm activist Don Staniford to pay $75,000 in damages because the mock cigarette packages he had made criticizing Norwegian fish farm companies lacked footnotes. What does this mean for fish farm activists?  For the most part, the lessons ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a fish farm defamation lawsuit

Friday, October 12, 2012 Congratulations to Don Staniford – and his lawyer, David Sutherland – who, last month, defeated a lawsuit brought against him by fish farm giant, Mainstream Canada (with help from our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund)!   The fish farm company had sued Don for a series of mock cigarette ads with warnings related ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: How should we slap back at SLAPPs?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 In the wake of recent David vs. Goliath lawsuits by Taseko Mines against the Wilderness Committee and Mainstream Canada against Don Staniford, it's timely to ask how we can best defend freedom of speech.  Staniford's lawyer, David Sutherland, proposes a legal change that would prevent corporations from suing in defamation.  We'd ...