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BIG WIN FOR PINTO JAMES LLP IN DEFAMATION/CYBER LIBEL CASE – $450,000 IN DAMAGES AWARDED TO CLIENT

In Emeny v. Tomaszewski, 2019 ONSC 3298, Justice Sossin considered what level of damages

were warranted where an individual was subjected to serious defamation on social media.

In previous decisions, the Courts have awarded a high-level of damages where defamatory
comments related to the reputations of white-collar professionals such as lawyers, accountants,
and doctors.

In Emeny, our firm successfully argued the defamation damages to our comedian client’s
reputation was just as damaging as the damage caused to white-collar professionals.

Ultimately, Justice Sossin awarded our comedian client $450,000.00 in damages and payment of
his legal costs on a substantial indemnity basis.

This decision could become an important legal precedent that the Court may consider in
awarding a higher level of damages in cases of cyber libel.

Do not hesitate to contact our law firm if you have any questions relating to cyber defamation or
defamation law more generally.