Canada Supreme Court to rule on Quebec’s anti-SLAPP legislation
*UPDATE* 1/13/2012 – 1:19 pm PT: The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to grant leave in the first anti-SLAPP case it has been asked to consider, the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision in Acadia Subaru v. Michaud.
The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether it will grant leave in the first anti-SLAPP case it has been asked to consider: Acadia Subaru v. Michaud.
“Acadia Subaru arose after Quebec City radio journalist Pierre Michaud “used raw language” to criticize what he called inappropriately high prices charged by car dealers in Quebec compared to their counterparts in the U.S. Subsequently, 93 car dealers sued him for defamation. Michaud responded by moving to declare the action improper under Article 54.1 of the Civil Code of Procedure, which embodies the anti-SLAPP provisions. He maintained that the action was designed to curtail his freedom of expression.
The Court of Appeal ruled that the action was prima facie improper, but allowed it to proceed by way of permitting the dealers to meet their reverse onus of showing that the action was not excessive or unreasonable and justified in law. The Court also ordered the dealers to post security for costs in the amount of $65,000.”
Read more from the Financial Post here: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/01/11/acadia-subaru-v-michaud-supreme-court-of-canada-to-rule-on-quebecs-anti-slapp-legislation/