Smoke shacks and a waterslide

Who's suing whom

Smoke shacks and a waterslide

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Nova Scotia: A 33-year-old man is suing a pub in Dartmouth, alleging that early one morning last May he was left “highly intoxicated” after being “over-served alcohol.” He claims that the bar is liable for the resulting car accident and injuries he sustained as a result of driving drunk. A bartender at the pub denied the charge.
Ontario: Tobacco farmers in Ontario have launched a $500-million class-action lawsuit in federal court against Ottawa for failing to collect taxes from illegal smoke shacks. The suit alleges that Ottawa ignored “flagrant violations” of the prohibition on the sale of black-market tobacco.

Manitoba: A Winnipeg man is suing a North Dakota hotel for damages, alleging to have suffered head and neck injuries because an attendant was not in place on the receiving end of a waterslide. The man is seeking $194,000 for medical bills and other economic losses, and at least $75,000 for personal injuries. Lawyers for the hotel say the lawsuit has no merit and asked that it be dismissed.

Saskatchewan: The Muskoday First Nation near Prince Albert is taking the province to court, claiming an 1876 treaty gives it the right to land that happens to be rich in diamond deposits. The First Nation says the province operated in bad faith when it said in 2007 that keeping the land under its control was in the public interest. The government claims it is under no obligation to hand over specific land to First Nations.

British Columbia: The family of a man who died after being found unconscious in police custody is suing the RCMP and ambulance paramedics for negligence. The lawsuit alleges that the paramedics decided the 55-year-old, who had been drinking, did not need to be taken to hospital after being found lying on a sidewalk in Maple Ridge with apparent head injuries. The man spent the night in a police cell, and was found unresponsive the next day. He died later of a severe brain injury.