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Family launches appeal in Facebook bullying case

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A 15-year-old Nova Scotia girl and her family say they will appeal a judge's decision to reject a request for a publication ban in a case of alleged Facebook bullying.

Last week, Justice Arthur LeBlanc of Nova Scotia Supreme Court said he would not grant a publication ban on the alleged victim's name, or prohibit disclosure of what was posted on the site because the girl's lawyer did not provide evidence to show her client was harmed in any way.

The family's lawyer told LeBlanc today they would appeal his judgment to a higher court, and in the meantime a ban on the girl's identity and details of what was said about her remain under a publication ban.

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LeBlanc has already approved a separate court order that would require a Halifax-based Internet provider to reveal the identity of the customer who posted the allegedly defamatory comments.

Lawyers for two Halifax media outlets have argued that the prospect for further embarrassment is not enough to warrant restrictions on media coverage.

The girl's lawyer says the fake Facebook page, which was created using the girl's identity, is defamatory because it contains insulting references to her sexual conduct and physical appearance.

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