Local Government Defamation

Posted by Johannes Schenk on July 8th, 2015 — Posted in Litigation, Municipal Law

Milne v. Capital Regional District, concerns defamation by a local government. The case is unusual in that the alleged defamation arises from comments related to a public hearing posted on a local government website. The case seems to be somewhat of a stretch, the defamation if it is that, likely being subject to some form of qualified privilege. Having said that, it does lay out a framework for defamation in this context.