Dugas v. Landry et al., (1997) 188 N.B.R.(2d) 21 (TD)

JudgeSavoie, J.
CourtCourt of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick (Canada)
Case DateMarch 11, 1997
JurisdictionNew Brunswick
Citations(1997), 188 N.B.R.(2d) 21 (TD)

Dugas v. Landry (1997), 188 N.B.R.(2d) 21 (TD);

    188 R.N.-B.(2e) 21; 480 A.P.R. 21

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Émérentienne Dugas (plaintiff) v. Aldéa Landry, Ernest Richard, Dannie David Larocque, Janica Duguay, Fabien Roussel and Marie Delagarde (defendants) and Cécile Larocque (third party)

(B/C/538/92)

Indexed As: Dugas v. Landry et al.

New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench

Trial Division

Judicial District of Bathurst

Savoie, J.

March 11, 1997.

Summary:

Dugas commenced a libel action against the defendants. The defendants replied with a motion seeking a preliminary decision dismissing the action on the ground that, given the pleadings and admissions of the plaintiff, the allegedly defamatory remarks were made in the course of a judicial pro­ceeding and were therefore protected by an absolute privilege and thus, there was no case to submit to the jury.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, allowed the motion and dismissed the action.

Editor's note: For a related decision, see Richard et Larocque v. Gauvin (1992), 124 N.B.R.(2d) 271; 312 A.P.R. 271 (T.D.).

Libel and Slander - Topic 2928

Defences - Absolute privilege - State­ments made in the course of judicial or legal proceedings - Landry was defeated in Shippagan-les-Îles during a provincial election - Shortly afterwards, she learned that Larocque had allegedly said that Dugas, an organizer for the winning can­didate, had given her money to vote - Landry had a petition filed to set aside the election - The petition was dismissed - The court stated that Dugas had never given anyone money to vote - Dugas then commenced a libel action against Landry and others - In a preliminary decision based on admissions, the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, dismissed the action - Larocque's allegedly defamatory remarks had been made in the course of a judicial proceeding and were therefore protected by an absolute privilege and thus, there was no case to submit to the jury.

Practice - Topic 5551

Judgments and orders - Summary judg­ments - Judgments on admissions - [See Libel and Slander - Topic 2928 ].

Practice - Topic 7021

Costs - Party and party costs - Entitle­ment to party and party costs - Successful party - Exceptions - Conduct - The plaintiff's libel action was dis­missed by preliminary decision based on admissions made in the pleadings and at discovery - It was discovered that the allegedly de­famatory statement had been made in the course of a judicial proceeding and that it was protected by an absolute privilege and thus that there was no case to submit to the jury - The New Bruns­wick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Divi­sion, awarded no costs "at this time" to the defendants as the issue of costs had not been argued and since the plaintiff had been the victim of an allegation which was at the very least careless and which proved to be false - See paragraph 28.

Statutes Noticed:

Rules of Court (N.B.), rule 23.01(1)(c) [para. 2].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Brown, Raymond E., The Law of Defama­tion in Canada, p. 12-21 [para. 22].

Counsel:

Jacques F. Cormier, for the plaintiff;

Gérald Lizotte, for the defendants.

This motion was heard on February 3, 1997, by Savoie, J., of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, Judicial District of Bathurst.

Savoie, J., delivered the following decision on March 11, 1997.

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3 practice notes
  • Table of cases
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Canadian Libel and Slander Actions
    • 17 Junio 2004
    ...(4th) 303 (Alta. Q.B.) 738 Duffy v. Great Central Publishing Co. Ltd., [1995] OJ. No. 4057 (Gen. Div.) .... 68 5 Dugas v. Landry (1997), 188 N.B.R. (2d) 21 (Q.B.(T.D.)) 467 Duke v. Puts, [1998] 6 W.W.R. 510 (Sask. Q.B.) 542 Duke v. Vervaeck, 2000 SKQB 414 685 Duke of Brunswick v. Harmer (18......
  • Absolute Privilege
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Canadian Libel and Slander Actions
    • 17 Junio 2004
    ...230, per ArnupJ.A. at 233 (Ont. C.A.), leave to appeal to S.C.C. dismissed (1976), 64 D.L.R. (3d) 230n (S.C.C.). Dugas v. Landry (1997), 188 N.B.R. (2d) 21, per Savoie J. at para. 21 (Q.B. (T.D.)). 1) Rationale and Extent of Defence The rationale for applying the protection of absolute priv......
  • Dugas v. Landry et al., (1997) 194 N.B.R.(2d) 150 (CA)
    • Canada
    • New Brunswick Court of Appeal (New Brunswick)
    • 17 Diciembre 1997
    ...and thus, there was no case to submit to the jury. The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, in a decision reported at 188 N.B.R.(2d) 21; 480 A.P.R. 21, allowed the motion and dismissed the action. Dugas The New Brunswick Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and quashed the tr......
1 cases
  • Dugas v. Landry et al., (1997) 194 N.B.R.(2d) 150 (CA)
    • Canada
    • New Brunswick Court of Appeal (New Brunswick)
    • 17 Diciembre 1997
    ...and thus, there was no case to submit to the jury. The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, in a decision reported at 188 N.B.R.(2d) 21; 480 A.P.R. 21, allowed the motion and dismissed the action. Dugas The New Brunswick Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and quashed the tr......
2 books & journal articles
  • Table of cases
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Canadian Libel and Slander Actions
    • 17 Junio 2004
    ...(4th) 303 (Alta. Q.B.) 738 Duffy v. Great Central Publishing Co. Ltd., [1995] OJ. No. 4057 (Gen. Div.) .... 68 5 Dugas v. Landry (1997), 188 N.B.R. (2d) 21 (Q.B.(T.D.)) 467 Duke v. Puts, [1998] 6 W.W.R. 510 (Sask. Q.B.) 542 Duke v. Vervaeck, 2000 SKQB 414 685 Duke of Brunswick v. Harmer (18......
  • Absolute Privilege
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Canadian Libel and Slander Actions
    • 17 Junio 2004
    ...230, per ArnupJ.A. at 233 (Ont. C.A.), leave to appeal to S.C.C. dismissed (1976), 64 D.L.R. (3d) 230n (S.C.C.). Dugas v. Landry (1997), 188 N.B.R. (2d) 21, per Savoie J. at para. 21 (Q.B. (T.D.)). 1) Rationale and Extent of Defence The rationale for applying the protection of absolute priv......

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