A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that has the goal of shutting down opponents. They tend to be used as a strategy to shut down poor NGOs or poor people who can’t afford to defend themselves in a lengthy legal battle. SLAPPs tie up the courts while shutting down debate – . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Ontario Slaps SLAPPs
Ontario has passed a law to counter Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), lawsuits often used by deep-pocketed businesses to silence debate on public issues.
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Friday, February 13, 2015
“The right to speak is more precious than gold”. Members of the Wilderness Committee displayed these words proudly on the steps of the Supreme Court of BC as they prepared for a two-week hearing on a defamation claim by Taseko Mines Ltd. It only took one week working . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Financial Clout v. Right to Speak Out
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
To what extent does our society afford us a right to freedom of expression? This is a question Mr. Alan Dutton must be quizzically trying to answer as he finds himself tied up in a lawsuit with Kinder Morgan. The oil company claims $5.6 million in damages against . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan v. Freedom of Speech
Environment Minister Jim Bradley and Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti speak with reporters at Queen’s Park. June, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Reeves)
SO WE KEEP WAITING.
Ontario’s environmental community had reason for optimism when Kathleen Wynne assumed leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013, knowing the new premier was more . . . → Read More: reeves report: Environmental Legislation Killed by the Ontario Election
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 . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a fish farm defamation lawsuit
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 . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: How should we slap back at SLAPPs?