Defamation of Character Arising from Business Relations

Defamation of character is a tort that is concerned with protecting the reputations of individuals or corporations. That is the thrust of the Canadian approach to defamation – the issue the courts consider is whether the statement is injurious to one’s reputation. For it to be properly injurious it must not only allege circumstances that harm one’s reputation, it must be made in such a manner that reasonable individuals might believe it.

Defamation of Character Arising from Business Relations

Where defamation arises from business relations, the resulting injury may have severe negative effects on the profitability of a business. However, there may be various defences available ranging from the defence of truth to other various policy-based defences.

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