Insurance exec’s $2.6M libel award nixed

“Inflamed” jury damages “grossly excessive”
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An “inflamed” jury awarded “grossly excessive” libel damages to the former director of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPIC), the Manitoba Court of Appeal has ruled.

In an action separate from his ongoing wrongful dismissal lawsuit, Carl Laufer had won $2.6 million, the highest libel award in Canadian history, on a claim that John Bucklaschuk, a government minister, unfairly blamed him for an insurance boondoggle.

MPIC had been some $38 million in the red.