Lawyer wins $160,000 judgment against condo neighbours

An Ottawa lawyer and aspiring judge has won $160,000 in damages in a defamation lawsuit he brought against neighbours of a condominium he owns in Costa Rica.   David McNairn brought the action in Ontario, after two neighbours sent emails to other condo owners in the building. The emails, which McNairn said discredited and maligned him, went to 37 people in four different countries, including the lawyer and his wife in Canada.  Lawyers say the decision in McNairn v. Murphy, and others like it highlight the permanence of a defamatory statement in the Internet age.  “The nature of email communications, blog posts, tweets, things along those lines, is they’re in an odd sense much more permanent,” says Michael Fenrick, a partner with Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP.     Read the article……………


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