Anti-SLAPP Legislation Passed in Quebec : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Anti-SLAPP Legislation Passed in Quebec

June 4, 2009

By Andrea Archibald, staff reporter

Kathleen Weil, Minister of Justice of Quebec, has said "being pleased with the adoption of this law," in an official statement

MONTREAL (RPRN) 6/4/2009–Yesterday the Quebec National Assembly unanimously passed Bill 9, effectively banning SLAPP lawsuits in the province. The bill, first introduced on April 7, 2009, is the first of its kind in Canada.

A SLAPP, or a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, is a lawsuit used by large companies or institutions to quiet public criticism from local citizens or organized groups. The objective of the plaintiff is not a win, per se, but to both bankrupt a defendant into silence and to intimidate others.

As previously reported by RPRN, animal-rights activist and retiree Louise Auger is currently defending one such lawsuit brought on by  Inspecteur Canin, a kill dog pound in the village of Saint-Lin,  and per today's email to RPRN, she is reported to be "pleased  with the adoption of this new law", as it could mean the "end of her legal battle". Augier was sued by Inspecteur Canin for defamation when she spoke against the use of the gas chamber to kill the animals.

Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Justice

Bill 9, although not the first to go in front of Quebec's National Assembly, grants judges the ability to throw out a suit deemed abusive. Unlike its predecessor Bill 99, which died on the table during the 2008 session, Bill 9 grants defendants the right to claim legal costs from plaintiffs.

The law also applies to cases currently in front of the court, including that of Louise Auger who is scheduled to go in front of the court again July 21, 2009.

In an official statement Kathleen Weil, the Minister of Justice, said that this legislation "clearly demonstrates our government's willingness to protect the participation of citizens in public debates and to contribute to improved access to justice."

About the author:

Andrea Archibald, a one-time fashion publicist in New York and Montreal, now acts as the Editor for RushPRnews.com. A breaking news reporter, she also covers fashion, lifestyle, and animal right issues for RushPRnews and Hollywood Today. As a longtime vegetarian and new vegan, she advocates living a gentle and compassionate life—a theme that runs under most of her stories.

For story ideas and comments, contact her at AndreaA@rushprnews.com or tweet her @AndreaArchibald.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: Politics, CANADIAN NEWS, BREAKING NEWS, COURT NEWS, Article-byline

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / AH Marketing ahmarketinggroup.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Black Marijuana Magazine Now Launched!

Atlanta,GA 06/15/17 · BLACK Marijuana Magazine is pleased to announce the...

Get Cottages Summer-Ready with Five Products from The Libman Company

Arcola, Ill. 06/07/17 · Arcola, Ill. (June 7, 2017) – With summer...

Find Your Balance With PigaOne, an Innovative Footwear For All Barefoot Activities

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif/MONTREAL, QC 05/29/17 · - PIGA Inc. is ready to make...

AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN FURNITURE STORE OPENS A NEW SHOWROOM IN SOUTHBANK

Southbank, VIC, Australia 05/25/17 · Renowned Australian Designer Furniture Store, Interior Secrets has...

SAAVI’S MOBILE ORDERING SOLUTIONS ARE TURBO CHARGING SALES FOR BUSINESSES WORLDWIDE

Melbourne, Australia 05/20/17 · THE AUSTRALIAN COMPANY IS LEADING THE WAY IN...

Vineet Wankhede Releases his New Book, 'Collateral'

Nagpur, Maharashtra 05/16/17 · The book, Collateral, is written by Vineet Wankhede that revolves around a...

Comcast Partners with SABEResPODER to Help Fight Digital Divide Amongst Hispanics

LOS ANGELES, CA 05/09/17 · A digital literacy campaign will provide technology and...

Discover PigaOne - World's First Foot Gear for All Barefoot Activities

SAN FRANCISCO 05/09/17 · - Making its impact one step at the...

PIGA Inc Introduces PigaONE©, A Neuromuscular Activation Gear

MONTREAL 05/08/17 · - An innovative footwear to stabilize and strengthen...

New Urban contemporary Soul Music from Indie artist Niva the Soul Diva

New York 05/07/17 · Indie R&B soul singer and recording artist ‘Niva...