Former uOttawa prof ordered to pay $16,000 in legal costs in defamation case

January 25, 2013

Former University of Ottawa physics professor Denis Rancourt has been ordered to pay more than $16,000 in legal costs to the institution and Joanne St. Louis, a uOttawa law professor who is suing Rancourt for defamation. The cost award relates to an unsuccessful attempt by Rancourt to appeal 3 decisions in the civil trial, which started a year ago. St. Louis is suing Rancourt for $1 million, alleging he defamed her on his blog in a February 2011 post. uOttawa intervened in the case and is paying St. Louis's legal fees because it says the alleged defamation arose from work she did as an employee at uOttawa's request. Ottawa Citizen