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Defamation & Media

Fasken is recognized for our work in landmark defamation cases, including several heard by the Supreme Court of Canada that further defined the rights of mass media and continue to influence government policy.
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Defamation and media law balances fundamental values of freedom of expression with the need to protect privacy. The volume of media, online and business activities adds complexity to fast-moving situations that require effective interventions.


Key questions always need to be asked in situations where reputational damage is alleged.  What is the legal analysis in this specialized field?  What are the options?  What is the optimal course of action in today’s world of instant communication?


We advise clients on all sides of defamation matters, including business leaders, political figures and a wide range of businesses and organizations.  We also represent major media corporations, providing pre-publication advice and determining risks to journalistic integrity.


Canadian law often differs from that of other countries.  Within Canada, legal requirements vary from province to province.  We can determine the validity of a claim across any of our global offices or in local areas where expertise is needed.  We have a long track record of reputation management advice focused on achieving optimal solutions now.



Browse our recent work or contact any of our lawyers to learn more.



Client Work

  • The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity and Community-Based Research Centre intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada,
  • The Supreme Court of Canada issues a crucial ruling on the protection of journalistic sources,
  • Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris cleared of responsibility for death at Ipperwash Provincial Park,
  • Grant v. Torstar Corporation, 2007 CanLII 13705 (ON S.C.),
  • Pipeline Mechanical Services Ltd. v. Metro Capital Management Inc., [2005] O.J. No. 4841 (Ont. S.C.J.) per Frank J.; appeal allowed, [2006] O.J. No. (Ont. C.A.) per O'Connor A.C.J.O., Cronk J.A. and Lang J.A.,
  • Alboini and Northern Financial Corporation v. John Doe, [2006] 06-CV-317400 PD1 (Ont. S.C.J.) per C. Campbell J.,
  • McMaster University in pending defamation litigation arising from terrorism-related issues,


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