Who’s suing whom

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

Nova Scotia: An online auction site registered in Nova Scotia is facing a class action lawsuit in Oklahoma, the chief location of its operations. The site promises alarmingly low prices for retail items (like $25.50 for an iPad), but critics say it’s a scam. Each bid raises the item for sale by a penny, but costs the bidder 60 cents. The class action lawsuit claims this is unclear and, thus, deceptive.

Quebec: A male teacher in Saint-Hubert is suing two female colleagues who allegedly convinced students to wrongfully claim he had sexually harassed them. The adult education school launched a two-month investigation into the accusations, concluding that they were “either unfounded or grossly exaggerated.” The man claims the wrongful allegations caused anxiety, loss of sleep and damage to his personal relationships.

Ontario: A woman who lived as a nun for 14 years is suing her former monastery for wrongful dismissal, the infliction of mental damage and invasion of privacy. She is seeking damages and back pay, even though she took a vow of poverty in order to become a servant to God.

Manitoba: The former president of Manitoba’s Hells Angels chapter is suing the provincial and federal governments for seizing and selling his Winnipeg home after he was arrested for drug trafficking. The gang leader alleges his house was sold even before his trial was over. The charge was eventually dropped, although he is currently in jail for three other drug convictions.

Alberta: A Calgary woman is suing a local pub for $1.25 million after she drunkenly fell down the stairs on her way to the bathroom and sustained “traumatic brain injuries” as well as skull fractures and partial paralysis of the face. Her lawsuit claims that pub workers should have cut her off because she was clearly too drunk. She also contends that the stairs were unacceptably dangerous.

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