Pressing Matters: A Comparative Review of Defamation in the Borderless World
Issues of free speech and defamation are not just the worry of the news media. All commercial lawyers need to understand these issues. Social media, electronic versions of newspapers and magazines, "gripe" websites, blogs and a host of other digital formats as well as traditional "paper" media, have raised the stakes for misstep in their communications. A panel representing a cross-section of common law countries -- Canada, England, Ireland and the United States -- will engage in a comparative review of libel and defamation issues in the borderless world, addressing such questions as personal jurisdiction, defenses and the parameters of "free speech" and its limitations.
International Litigation Committee
Program Chair & Speaker:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Program Chair & Moderator:
STEVEN M. RICHMAN
Duane Morris LLP
Princeton, New Jersey
Crowell & Moring LLP
Stevens & Bolton LLP
London, United Kingdom
Richard G. Dearden
Rick Dearden is a senior litigation partner in Gowlings' Ottawa office, practicing primarily in the areas of international trade, media and defamation law, freedom of information, and administrative law.
John Doyle joined the Dillon Eustace law firm in 1992 and became a partner in 1997. John's areas of practice include commercial dispute resolution across the entire range of sectors from financial services to manufacturing and applications under the Companies Acts affecting directors and employment law.
John advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of employment law with a very practical emphasis in advising clients on tactical and strategic issues. In addition to the traditional area of litigation he has considerable experience in the area of alternative dispute resolution including Arbitration and commercial mediation.
Michael L. Martinez
Michael L. Martinez is a partner at Crowell & Moring's Torts and White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement groups, and is also active in international litigation and arbitration. Based in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office, Michael has handled a broad array of litigation matters at all levels of courts and administrative tribunals. At the trial court level Michael has tried more than thirty cases, including both jury and non-jury trials, in both federal and state courts. Michael has also argued approximately thirty appellate cases in various federal and state appellate courts, including one case before the Supreme Court of the United States, and he has performed a principal brief drafting or supervisory role in numerous other appellate cases that he did not argue.
Kate Matthews joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2010 from Shadbolt LLP, where she was a partner for over nine years. Kate was previously a litigator at Herbert Smith from 1989, where she spent six years before joining Shadbolt in 1998.
Kate advises on a wide range of major commercial litigation matters and promotes dispute resolution. She frequently conducts major commercial disputes with EU or international implications including aviation disputes, contractual disputes, commercial claims, business disagreements, warranty claims, franchise and distribution disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, injunctive/ interlocutory relief, professional negligence, debts and enforcement of foreign and domestic judgments, insolvency related disputes and construction and engineering disputes including PFI.
Steven M. Richman
Steven M. Richman practices in the areas of commercial and international law and litigation, including real estate, corporate/shareholder disputes, contracts, construction litigation, energy law, art law, arbitration, secured transactions, intellectual property, bankruptcy and antitrust. Richman is a partner at Duane Morris in New Jersey.