Who’s suing whom

Hitting a bad note in Alberta and a foie gras fight in Quebec

by Jason Kirby

British Columbia: Residents on Gabriola Island sued a local shooting range, claiming the level of noise from the Gabriola Rod, Gun and Conservation Club is at “war-zone” levels. The amount of money being sought has not been disclosed, but the suit also names the B.C. government, which has a 30-year lease agreement with the club.

Alberta: A Calgary woman is suing a local concert promoter, Bryan Taylor of Concerts North, accusing him of fraud. According to the suit, investor Cheri Nichol sank $716,000 into Concerts North to put on 17 shows, featuring the Sheepdogs, the Doobie Brothers, Chris Isaak and others. Nichol claims the promoter misrepresented the revenues from the shows. Taylor has not filed a statement of defence but filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Ontario: A group of Elliot Lake residents has filed a class action lawsuit over last month’s collapse of the Algo Mall roof. The $30-million suit names the owner of the mall, its controller Robert Nazarian, the City of Elliot Lake, the Ontario government and an unnamed engineer who approved the structure of the mall just prior to the collapse.

Quebec: The province’s duck farmers have sued California over the state’s ban on foie gras. The Association des éleveurs de canards et oies du Québec joined with U.S. producers and L.A. restaurants to argue the ban is unconstitutional and interferes with commerce laws. The suit asks the court to freeze the ban, which came into effect this month and makes it illegal to raise, sell or serve ducks and geese that have been force-fed to enlarge their livers.

Nova Scotia: Maxine Marr of Gooderham, Ont., claims she was in an aisle at a Superstore in Truro, N.S., in 2010, when a forklift driven by an employee struck her. Marr is suing Loblaw Companies for unspecified damages for injury and loss. Loblaw has yet to file a statement of defence and none of the allegations have been proven in court.




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