Defamation: Libel and slander

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The law of defamation protects a person’s reputation from unjustified harm. Learn what kinds of communication are considered defamatory, as well as the defences to a defamation action.

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At a webinar in March 2022, lawyer Daniel Coles answered common questions about defamation, including what it is and what you can do about it.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in February 2022
  • Time to read: 4 minutes

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Daniel Coles, Owen Bird Law Corporation and Christopher Morcom, Pacific Law Group

Daniel Coles, Owen Bird Law Corporation
Christopher Morcom, Pacific Law Group

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.


On Dial-A-Law

Dial-A-Law has more information on Privacy & reputation in the section on Rights & citizenship.

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