Saturday, February 7, 2015

Climate scientist Andrew Weaver wins defamation case against National Post

The Star's Rachel Mendleson writes:
"Climate scientist Andrew Weaver has won a closely watched defamation lawsuit against the National Post, after a B.C. Supreme Court found the newspaper was 'careless or indifferent to the accuracy of the facts' in a series of articles published in 2009 and 2010.
"Justice Emily Burke awarded Weaver, a former University of Victoria professor and current B.C. Green Party MLA, $50,000 in damages. She also ordered the Post to remove the offending articles from its websites and electronic databases, as well as publish 'a complete retraction' of the defamatory statements, 'in a form agreed to by' Weaver.
"However, in the first court decision in Canada to address the issue of whether a newspaper can be liable for reader postings on its website, she sided with the Post, which had argued it was not the publisher of the comments, and had removed them."
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