Canada

Weaver v. Corcoran & Others (British Columbia Supreme Court, Canada, 2015)

Jurisdiction: Canada


Side A: Andrew Weaver (Individual)


Side B: Gordon Fisher (Individual)


Side B: The National Post (Corporation)


Core objectives: Plaintiff sought injunction against newspaper for publishing false, malicious and defamatory words.


Summary
Professor Andrew Weaver, a renown Canadian climate scientist, filed suit against the National Post, its publisher, and several journalists for defamation. Dr. Weaver's claims arose out of the defendants' publication of statements that allegedly injured Dr. Weaver's reputation as a climate scientist in the context of the "Climategate" controversy. Plaintiff Weaver sought an injunction requiring the newspaper to remove the allegedly false statements from its website and from any sites where the statements were reposted. The Supreme Court of British Columbia found that the defendants had defamed Dr. Weaver and that their statements were not protected by the defense of fair comment because the facts upon which they relied were false. The Court awarded Dr. Weaver $50,000 in general damages, and directed the defendants to remove the offending articles, require third parties to cease republication, and publish a retraction.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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