5th Circ. Limits Enforcement of Canada Defamation Suits

By Emily Atkin (September 6, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT) -- A Canadian hotel that won a defamation lawsuit against an American blogger in Nova Scotia court would have failed in U.S. courts, the Fifth Circuit affirmed Thursday, making it harder for U.S. courts to enforce Canadian defamation judgments under federal law.

Pursuant to the Fifth Circuit's ruling, Trout Point Lodge Ltd. and its owners will not be able to enforce the $425,000 judgment they won in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia against blogger Doug K. Handshoe over posts that tied them to a known Louisiana fraudster. Canadian law, the appeals court agreed, does not hold up to the standards of...

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