Defamation Law

Hakemi & Ridgedale’s defamation law group prosecutes and defends claims for damage to reputation as a result of defamatory comments or publications. We help clients deal with claims based on damage to the reputation of a person, a business or organization, its managers or its owners. These include claims for defamation against publications like newspapers and online publishers, including anonymous publishers of statements in both local and foreign jurisdictions. Our lawyers are also experienced in claims for defamation arising in the context of election campaigns for the federal parliament and the leadership elections of federal and provincial political parties.

Our defamation law group provides effective, focused and cost-efficient litigation services to business owners and managers, public figures, industry professionals and companies. Due to the rise in global online activity and the increasing ease of anonymity, it can be challenging to know how to proceed with a defamation claim and who to bring it against. Our lawyers have experience in dealing with such claims.

Our experience in defamation law includes:

  • Claims based on damage to the reputation of a business, its managers or its owners
  • Claims for defamation against anonymous publishers of statements online including statements published in foreign jurisdictions
  • Claims for defamation arising in the contexts of election campaigns
  • Orders requiring parties to disclose the identity of publishers of defamatory content