British Columbia: A woman in Surrey is suing tech giant Apple Inc., alleging the company’s operating system, iOS4, enabled anyone with “moderate computer knowledge” to track her movements. While the suit by Amanda Ladas doesn’t seek a specific amount, it alleges Apple’s “deceptive acts” entitle anyone who joins the suit to “punitive” damages. Apple has yet to respond.
Alberta: During a rodeo event in Edmonton in 2010, Carol Edith MacKechnie claims she was in the front row when a bull, Rewind, threw its rider and lept into the stands, crushing her. In her $450,000 suit against the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, MacKechnie, then 53, claims she suffered internal injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and an “accelaration” of Alzheimer’s disease. The allegations have yet to be proven.
Ontario: The keyboardist for the band Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, has sued a Toronto art gallery alleging it sold him a painting by Aboriginal artist Norval Morrisseau, which he believes is a fake. In the suit, Hearn says he became suspicious when “numerous individuals” raised questions about its authenticity. A lawyer for Maslak McLeod Gallery denied the allegation and said it will file a defence.
Quebec: Montreal clothing maker Gildan Activewear has been sued by U.S. giant Fruit of the Loom for trademark infringement. In the lawsuit, Fruit alleges the company removed labels of clothing made by a Fruit subsidiary, and sold it as its own. In a statement Gildan said it’s investigating the label switch, calling it an error and “small glitch.”
Nova Scotia: The family of the man who designed the Bluenose schooner is suing the province for copyright infringement after the launch of a restored replica, the Bluenose II. Descendants of William James Roue, whose design was the basis for the Bluenose in 1921, claim ownership of the design and are seeking compensation and to prevent use of the name Bluenose for the replica.