Regardless of how few hits a Web site received, the site constituted publishing and consequently a libel suit was properly excluded from insurance coverage under the terms of the policy, a British Columbia Supreme Court Justice ruled Dec. 7 (Reform Party of Canada v. Western Union Insurance Co., B.C. S.C., No. A99121, 12/7/99).

Justice Linda Loo denied the Reform Party of Canada’s claim for insurance coverage in a Web site libel case filed by Sen. Ed Lawson, who is also a former Teamster leader. Lawson has sued the Reform Party of Canada over comments on the party’s Web site that suggest he has been involved in corrupt practices.

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