Interesting B.C. case about on-line defamatory libel (pertaining to on-line business reviews such as Google Reviews). If you’re the subject of a defamatory review, you can certainly try to initiate a defamation claim, but that’s extremely expensive given the technicalities involved in defamation law. Another often overlooked approach, where appropriate, is to reach out to the social media company to flag the content for removal on the basis that it violates the site’s terms of service. Of course, this requires a detailed review of the fine print in the terms of service, but it may be the more cost-effective approach. Contact our office for assistance.
Shedding Light on the False Light Tort
In 2019, Ontario recognized “publicity which places an individual in a false light” – the “false light tort” – as a part of the common law. Despite its relatively straightforward definition, the false light tort remains puzzling due to its ambiguous parameters, unique elements, and potential utility.