The Court of Appeal for Ontario has outright denied Tess Cusipag’s appeal to reduce the damages awarded in Senator Tobias Enverga’s defamation suit against Cusipag and Balita superstar “investigative journalist,” Romy Marquez. The appeal was heard on April 6, 2017 and details of the hearing has been released online (http://canlii.ca/t/h35kv):
The conduct of the appellant as described by the motion judge demanded a substantial award of punitive damages. On his findings, the appellant had repeated the defamation, knowing full well that it was false and intended to continue to repeat the defamation in the future. On the facts as found by the motion judge, deterrence could only be adequately served by a significant award of punitive damages. We cannot say that the amount awarded is outside of the range required to serve as an adequate deterrent in the circumstances of this case. We cannot interfere with the award.
Cusipag, who was recently found guilty of criminal contempt, will still be on the hook for $340,000 plus $16,000 in additional costs.
We will update you on the outcome of Cusipag and company’s sentencing hearing when the information becomes available.
Originally published by balitanewsboycott on April 27, 2017.
- Superior Court Finds Cusipag And Balita Liable For Defamation, https://www.winklerresolution.com/superior-court-finds-cusipag-balita-liable-defamation/
- Senator Enverga Wins Defamation Suit Against Balita, https://www.winklerresolution.com/senator-enverga-wins-defamation-suit-balita/