CAJ fights expansion of libel laws

Interesting case before the Supreme Court, a little below the radar, has a group of Arab/Haitian cab drivers from Quebec arguing they were defamed as a group b a shock jock. Lower courts decided that defamation is restricted to individuals, not groups. I thought defamation against a group was covered by hate laws, not defamation, but it will be interesting to see how the Supremes handle this, along with the other media law cases they are looking at this fall, such as the right to withhold the name of a source. Looks like a media-heavy set of rulings this winter.

CAJ, December 15 2009

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