Who’s suing whom

Our semi-regular roundup of the oddball cases winding their way through the nation’s court system

British Columbia: A Vancouver woman is suing Facebook for attaching her name and photograph to promotional material without consulting her. The woman had “liked” a company’s page, which Facebook advertised as an official endorsement to the woman’s network of friends. She’s seeking unspecified damages for the website’s “reckless, callous, disgraceful, wilful” disregard for users’ rights.

Manitoba: A Winnipeg woman is suing a pet store, alleging that staff urged her to handle a rat that bit her repeatedly on both hands, puncturing her skin and leaving her with nerve damage. Since the incident, the woman claims she’s developed a fear of small animals and suffers from recurring nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ontario: A class action lawsuit has been filed against Canadian Tire, Mr. Gas and Pioneer Energy after the three companies admitted to a price-fixing scheme in Kingston and Brockville in 2007. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of thousands of customers who were duped into paying artificially high prices when the trio of gas providers conspired to raise them. The suit seeks a $55-million refund on their behalf.

Quebec: After tracking down the legendary “Monster of Matane” moose in the Quebec wilderness, a hunter is suing his guide and the province’s park agency for whisking away the prized remains. He claims he shot the beast, but it hobbled away, wounded. The next day, park employees returned with the guide, found the carcass and took the enormous antlers—worth up to $1 million.

Nova Scotia: A Dartmouth woman is seeking more than $5,000 in damages after a dump truck spilled its load of debris on her 2006 Dodge Dakota. Her lawsuit claims that her husband was driving behind the truck on Highway 107 when, “suddenly and without warning,” its contents starting falling out all over the road and onto her truck.

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