Borderlines Podcast #95 – Defamation Law and SLAPP Proceedings, with Douglas Judson

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Douglas Judson is a lawyer in Ontario who practices in litigation. He can be found on Twitter @dwjudson

In this episode, we are taking a break from immigration and discussing defamation law, which is the law around communications about a person that tends to hurt their reputation. We are focusing on one of the defenses to defamation lawsuits, which is Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP. Many provinces, including British Columbia and Ontario (and if you have watched the Jon Oliver episodes, many jurisdictions in the United States) have anti-SLAPP laws designed to encourage public discourse about matters in the public interest.

Mr. Judson recently represented the plaintiff in Rainbow Alliance Dryden et al v. Webster, 2023 ONSC 7050, where the Ontario Superior Court of Justice had to determine if using the term “groomer” to refer to members of the 2SLGBTQI and drag community attract the protection of Ontario’s anti-SLAPP laws.