Bangoura bashed

The Ontario Court of Appeal just reversed a decision that gave an Ontario resident the right to sue the Washington Post for libel. The original decision was controversial as the plaintiff, Bangoura, lived in Africa when the article in question was published, moving to Canada 3 years later.

The Court of Appeal decided that there was not a sufficient connection to Ontario for the case to be heard in Ontario.

The issue is what court(s) should have jurisdiction when libel is alleged for an on-line publication that is accessible around the world. While we have not seen the last of the issue, this decision certainly makes sense.

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