Synopsis: The Bermudian Supreme Court (at first instance) recently ruled in Bermuda Restaurants Limited (t/a “Chopsticks”) v. Jonathan Daspin and ConvergEx Global Markets Ltd.  SC (Bda) 7 Civ v. Jonathan Daspin and ConvergEx Global Markets Ltd. on the issue of whether an employer (here, a company) should be held liable for an allegedly libellous email publication by its employee, the managing director. The Judge was asked by the employer company to determine two issues of law which exposed the company and which centred on its vicarious liability for its employee’s actions, including whether the use of the company’s email system, during working hours, made it complicit in the publication. The Court held, applying principles of English and Canadian law, that the company was not vicariously liable and by extension that it was not the email’s publisher.
Authors: Alex Jenkins
Published: Computer Law & Security Review 2009
Available: Science Direct
Article: The Bermuda Islands blow ‘sweet & sour’ on employers’ liability for Internet libel