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Protecting Public Interest Speech

Sued for speaking out on matters of public interest? we can help. Lawsuits that prevent debate on matters of public interest are unfair and legally costly. However, we can now apply to have these lawsuits dismissed and money awarded to you as damages. Defamation, libel and slander are civil claims sometimes misused to discourage people from speaking out.

Lawyers to Dismiss Unfair Lawsuits

Sued for defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, copyright violations, interference with contract or business relationship? We have over 20 years’ experience protecting private citizens and prosecuting civil claims.

In addition, we have developed legal skills presenting court applications, drafting affidavits and cross-examining key witnesses. We are therefore well positioned to help apply the law which became effective March 25, 2019. Our lawyers can apply to dismiss unfair lawsuits .

Large corporations, professionals, and governments file “Strategic lawsuits against public participation” (SLAPP) to silence critics. These lawsuits are therefore against private citizens, journalists, companies and non-profit societies. We represent the critics. Our lawyers will apply to have the SLAPP dismissed and seek a money award if there is bad faith or improper purpose. This option has only been available since March 25, 2019.

The Anti-SLAPP legislation came into force March 25, 2019 and as of March 28, 2019 there are no reported decisions .

How to Contest Unfair Lawsuits

We will apply to have the lawsuit dismissed if started against you after May 15, 2018. This law might therefore apply to your case. Your expression must however relate to a matter of public interest.

The Protection of Public Participation Act creates a new type of application (“3P Application”). The individual being sued can apply to have the claim against them dismissed. However, it is important that the expression relates to a matter of public interest.

Money is awarded as damages if bad faith or improper purpose is found. However, there is no maximum or minimum compensation amount set in the legislation. As a result, the award for a SLAPP will be in the discretion of the court.

Who we Represent

We will represent private citizens, companies, and non-profit societies sued for defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright violations, interference with contract or economic advantage in other civil claims. Societies must be formed for the following purposes: agricultural, artistic, benevolent, charitable, educational, environmental, patriotic, philanthropic, political, professional, recreational, religious, scientific, social or sporting.

Read the PROTECTION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ACT (Anti-SLAPP legislation) in force as of March 25, 2019.

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