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Supreme Court rules Conrad Black can sue in Ontario

2012-04-24

Queen’s University law professor Hilary Young is available to talk about today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision that allows Conrad Black to pursue a libel lawsuit in Ontario. Black is suing the former directors of Hollinger International Inc. for comments made on their website and press releases.

“This is a case about courts’ jurisdiction over foreign defendants. The issue is whether the Ontario courts can hear certain matters,” says Dr. Young. “If I get into a car accident with you in Kingston, I can’t sue you in Michigan or the Netherlands. But if something is posted on the internet, where can you sue?”

Dr. Young teaches tort and property law, and is currently researching defamation and defamatory meaning.

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