Who’s suing whom

Crushed by a bull and an art forgery

by Jason Kirby

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.




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Who’s suing whom

  1. Lots of fake morrisseau’s and lots of law suits to come. Me thinks.

  2. I certainly hope Macleans intends to write a feature article about this Morrisseau forgery issue. We really need to have a national discussion about this.

    Norval Morrisseau was a flamboyant man and a brilliant artist. His work is sweet inspiration to students across this country. He is one of Canada’s uniquely vital cultural treasures and a rare gift from Canada to the World.

    The word “forgery” is soooo… not the right word to use to describe fake Morrisseau art. There are thousands of them and 80% are ugly, dark, deformed images of underworld entrapment scenes. No kidding! This art (to put it mildly) is unhealthy and it opposes everything Morrisseau.

    Real artists bare their souls, and often pay a price for doing so. When one of us gets crapped on we all do. Kevin Hearn is showing Canada, yet again, what he is made of. Sometimes the cream of the crop has to take care of the crap. Morrisseau and Hearn = depth of character.

    As an artist, and a huge fan of both Morrisseau and Hearn, consider this my very biased opinion!

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