$229K in Damages Awarded for “Relentless” and “Extensive” Internet Defamation Postings
Reasons for judgment were released earlier this year (and published this week) by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, awarding just over $229,000 in damages to a Plaintiff on the receiving end of a “relentless” and “extensive” on line defamation campaign.
In today’s case (Rook v. Halcrow) the parties were involved in a romantic relationship. Shortly after it came to an end several on line postings were published across multiple platforms making disparaging remarks about the Plaintiff.
The Defendant denied making the multiple postings but the Court rejected this and found her liable for them. In assessing general damages at $175,000, aggravated damages at $25,000 and further awarding special damages related to the Plaintiff hiring a reputation management company to remove the posts Mr. Justice Myers provided the following reasons: