Marineland sues Toronto Star for libel, protesters agree to stop demonstrating at owner's home

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Marineland has filed a $7-million defamation lawsuit against the Toronto Star and two of its reporters who have been covering concerns about animal conditions at the Niagara Falls theme park since last year. In a 14-page statement of claim, the plaintiff, Marineland of Canada Inc., is seeking $5 million in general damages from the defendants, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., Linda Diebel and Liam Casey and punitive damages in the amount of $2 million.

Meanwhile, the founder of Marineland Animal Defense has agreed not to hold further demonstrations at the home of Marineland owner John Holer, a tactic they used last year. That’s one term agreed to by MAD founder Dylan Powell as part of a recent legal undertaking with Marineland.

Read about the lawsuit fromThe Niagara Fall Review and the protesting from The St. Catherines Standard.

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bjames's avatar

Bahahaha....Canada is absurd....

Fun's avatar

I think it's cute that the protestors have agreed to not protest outside the guys house. I don't imagine that would work here in the states.

This park seems hellbent on suing everyone who speaks poorly of them. I don't know how it works in Canada, but in the states these libel cases are ridiculously hard to prove, and the burden of proof is pretty much entirely on the plaintiff.

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Jeff's avatar

It's very true. In the US you need to prove that you've actually been harmed by the alleged defamation, and that the defendant was in some way negligent in the way they published false information.

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The Canadian legal system is more like the English system, which we started out with as well, but have drifted away from, thanks to some interesting interpetation of the Constitution over the last century and a half.

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