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2016 August 12
Bresnark v Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd., 2016 ONSC 5105

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed this libel lawsuit on a summary basis in part because of the two-year limitation period under s. 4 of the Ontario Limitations Act, 2002, SO 2002, c. 24, Sch. B. There was overwhelming evidence that the plaintiff was aware of the impugned article in August 2012 when it was published on the “Law Times” website and that the plaintiff had vociferously complained about the article to the editor in a voice mail message on August 15, 2012. The action was not brought until December 2015, well outside the two-year period prescribed by statute.