Author: David Crerar
Details: Colorful cases are not rare in defamation but the recent decision of Robbins v. Pacific Newspaper Group Inc. 2005 BCSC 1634 provides an extraordinary read. The trial judge, the Honorable Mr. Justice Williamson, opens his reasons by quoting the initial email tip leading to the stories: “you couldn’t make this stuff up…”; the trial judge noted that these words were prescient. Robbins also reiterates some important law, as well as useful strategic considerations. ...

Originally published in the MLRC MediaLawLetter December 2005. Republished with permission.