Thunder Bay goes to the dogs

And other curious lawsuits from across Canada

British Columbia: A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the B.C. Supreme Court on behalf of Canadian men who claim to have experienced prolonged sexual dysfunction after taking medications to prevent baldness. Merck Frosst Canada and its affiliated companies, which market hair-loss drugs such as Propecia and Proscar, are the targets of the suit, launched by a Vancouver man.

Manitoba: A former inmate of the federal Stony Mountain Institution is suing Ottawa. He alleges that prison staff didn’t intervene immediately during a riot in which he was injured. The Brandon, Man., man’s lawsuit states that during the January 2009 violence, he was stabbed multiple times and beaten, resulting in permanent disabling injuries.

Ontario: A Thunder Bay family has filed a statement of claim against a dog owner and the city after their dog, a chihuahua mix, was allegedly attacked and killed by a pit bull mixed breed. The $49,000 claim alleges the city was negligent in its supervision of the park’s off-leash area and the other dog’s owner did not properly supervise the animal.

Quebec: A Concordia University student, who failed to win a $15-million lawsuit against the school in 2007 after being expelled for plagiarism in 2004, is taking Concordia to court again. He wants the Quebec Superior Court to order the university to grant him a new disciplinary hearing on the plagiarism charges, which he failed to do in his previous case, and he alleges that he was expelled due to “discriminatory motivated ‘errors’ committed by his professors with respect to his grades.”

Nova Scotia: A P.E.I. man has launched a lawsuit in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court against Cheers and its staff for injuries he allegedly sustained while being escorted out of the Halifax bar. The man claims that a man “threw or shoved him a distance of approximately five feet onto the pavement,” causing his skull to fracture in three places. Statements of defence have not been filed.

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