Program Chair(s)

Justin Safayeni

Stockwoods LLP

Drill down on the foundations of defamation law and procedure in an intensive online primer. 

Our expert faculty will guide you through the key stages of a defamation claim.

 Learn at your convenience and at your own pace in this unique OnDemand program (total running time approximately 2 hours). 

What You’ll learn


Do you have a case for defamation?

  • The test for defamation
  • Determining a defamatory meaning
  • What constitutes “publication”?
  • What is needed for “identification”?

Defences to defamation

  • “Big 4” defences:  truth/justification, fair comment, qualified privilege and responsible communicatio
  • Additional defences:  absolute privilege and statutory defences          

The “End Game”:  What does your client want to achieve?             

  • Remedies available through a defamation action
  • The cost/ benefit analysis of pursuing a defamation action
  • Alternatives to a defamation action

Pursuing a claim:  First steps

  • Assessing whether the notice and limitation provisions of the Libel and Slander Act apply
  • Drafting a libel notice – practical tips and precedents
  • Practical first steps for trying to resolve a dispute, including cease-and-desist letters

Drafting a defamation claim 

  • Rules of pleading for defamation claims
  • Tips for avoiding pitfalls and motions to strike
  • Review of precedents

Responding to a defamation claim   

  • Pleading the defences to defamation claims
  • Asking for particulars
  • Evaluating the merits of an anti-SLAPP motion or a motion to strike

Documentary production and examinations for discovery in defamation proceedings        

  • The scope of documentary production in defamation proceedings
  • Key areas for defendants to explore on examination for discovery
  • Key areas for plaintiffs to explore on examination for discovery         

Who Should Attend

Civil litigators (plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel)

General practitioners

In-house litigation counsel / Corporate Counsel




 View the program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts.


Recorded: Apr 1, 2019

$195 + HST

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