Public hearing maintained despite fear of reputational damage

By Kath Livingston

When disputes escalate to court proceedings, it is not uncommon for the Statements of Case to contain pointed allegations of misconduct or impropriety.

These can be directed against companies, providing some degree of anonymity for the individuals concerned, but there remains risk of damage to corporate reputation. They can also be directed against named individuals, whether or not they are parties to the action.

Under defamation law as it stands, a complainant need only demonstrate publication, of something defamatory, about him, in order to found a defamation complaint…

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