March 28, 2023
A.B. c. Google, 2023 QCCS 1167
In A.B. v. Google, the case concerns the liability of an Internet intermediary in connection with defamatory online publications made by one or more third parties.
The Court ultimately held Google liable in defamation and awarded the sum of $500,000 in moral damages to the plaintiff.
The Court additionally granted an injunction ordering Google to remove the publications from Google’s search results within the province of Quebec. The Court denied the plaintiff’s request for punitive damages and the plaintiff’s request for a confidentiality order protecting his identity and the identities of the plaintiff’s family members.