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2024 February 22
Hosseini v. Gharagozloo, 2024 ONSC 1106

The Ontario Superior Court awarded the plaintiff general damages of $400,000 plus $180,000 for substantial indemnity costs in a default judgment over defamatory videos published on the Internet.  The Court held that the defendant had “engaged in a vicious, carefully orchestrated and unlawful campaign of defamation … which has been carried out on various online platforms … for the express purpose of publicly embarrassing the plaintiff”.  The defamatory videos were shared on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.