Judge allows suit against Globe and Mail over home invasion

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - An Ontario judge has ruled that a Markham
family may continue its lawsuit against the Globe and Mail newspaper and
Canadian writer Jan Wong. While employed as a reporter, Wong impersonated a
maid to gain access into the family's home and secretly observe them to obtain
material for a series of articles on what it is like to be a cleaner.
    In a five page ruling released on September 11, Justice David Aston
forcefully rejected the newspaper's attempt to have the action dismissed: "In
my view, the plaintiffs' claims based on torts of deceit and invasion of
privacy do stand alone and are not subsumed in the law of libel and defamation
(which) should not act to bludgeon other meritorious causes of action..."
    The maid company is also suing the Globe.
    The case signals a growing public interest in the acknowledgment of
greater privacy rights in Ontario.
    "Journalists and powerful media companies can't invade someone's home
under false pretenses and put their private lives on display to sell
newspapers," said lawyer Sam Hall of Sotos LLP, which acts for the family.
    A copy of Justice Aston's reasons may be accessed at: www.sotosllp.com.

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