BREAKING: Internet Free Speech - FreeDominion beats John Baglow (aka "Dr Dawg") in defamation trail
If you ever want to see how bad defamation / libel law is in Ontario, read this decision by the Ontario courts:
http://www.freedominion.ca/images/baglow_polowin_decision.pdf [FULL DECISION]
This case has been dragged through the courts for years, all over a few words a poster on the FreeDominion message board said. The entire hearing is a travesty of justice, and really brings the entire legal system into disrepute. Defamation law’s are worse than the notorious “hate speech” laws of Section 13 (Canadian ‘Human Rights’ Act). The only difference is the huge costs involved. The underlying legal framework is just as broken and needs to be repealed – just like Section 13 was.
7 words: have caused tens of thousands of dollars spent on both sides. And the result? FreeDominion (a conservative message board) was exonerated, and “Dr. Dawg” – aka John Baglow, who sued, had his case dismissed.
I have written about this ridiculous defamation case in the past:
· March 24, 2014: Day 1 of the Baglow v. Smith & Fourniers Defamation Hearing
· March 19, 2014: FREEDOMINION: Defamation Law is strangling the Internet
Bravo to lawyer Barbara Kulaszka, and Mark/Connie Fournier for sticking to it, and following this case to this decision. It’s not an easy struggle to fight a ridiculous lawsuit through various levels of the justice system for years; and case law was made today, which makes the internet a little bit freer for political message boards, bloggers and others.
You can read more about this decision at:
· http://drdawgsblawg.ca (John Baglows Site – nothing on decision yet)
This is a big victory for freedom of speech on the internet. It appears that the costs have been split and the Fourniers are on the hook for a substantial amount to defend themselves.
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