Category Archives: Other Lawsuits

Criminalizing Free Expression in Israel. Is Canada next via Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Ernst vs AER? Is Israel trying to suppress free expression the world over?

Subject: Criminalizing Free Expression in Israel Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:53:54 -0600 From: Stewart Shields email hidden; JavaScript is required To: email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, letters email hidden; JavaScript is required, Liberal Canada … Continue reading

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MUST WATCH! Excellent 5 Min News Clip. Texas: Scientists link fracking to methane contamination and explosion of Cody Murray’s water well

Scientists link fracking and water well explosion in Palo Pinto County by Brett Shipp, March 9, 2017, WFAA New information has surfaced in the water well explosion in the summer of 2014 injuring three members of a Palo Pinto County … Continue reading

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Bullies! Chevron, Aera Energy Sue to Block Monterey County, California’s Voter-Approved Frack Ban; Lakes Oil sues Victoria gov’t (Australia) for $2.7 billion in lost future possible profits because of frack ban

Chevron, Aera Energy Sue to Block Monterey County, California’s Voter-Approved Ban on Fracking by Larry Buhl, March 7, 2017, desmog.blog.com Last November, voters of Monterey County, California, passed a fracking ban known as Measure Z with 56 percent of the … Continue reading

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Pawnee Nation Sues 27 Oklahoma Oil Companies in Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage

Pawnee Nation Sues Oklahoma Oil Companies in Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage by The Associated Press, March 4, 2017, The New York Times OKLAHOMA CITY — A Native American tribe here has filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system … Continue reading

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Valero Energy Inc. fined $500,000 for spilling 200,000 litres heavy fuel oil into stream that flows into Saint-Lawrence River, and failing to comply with order to clean it up. Where’s the fine to Encana for illegally frac’ing and contaminating a community’s drinking water supply?

Significant Fisheries Act fine issued to owner of Quebec refinery by Kirsten Mikadze, March 03, 2017. Sinskinds LLP Valero Energy Inc., the owner of the Lévis, Quebec-based Jean-Gaulin Refinery, has received a $500,000 fine for violating the Fisheries Act. Reportedly, in 2008, … Continue reading

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“Amanda Korody/John Nuttall/RCMP.” Open Letter from Robin Mathews to BC Attorney General Suzanne Anton, PM Justin Trudeau, Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, Complaints Commission for the RCMP, The Public Prosecution Service of Canada and The Civilian Review

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Who will clean up the mess, asks Shawnigan Lake Community?

Government Cancels Contaminated Soil Landfill Permit in Shawnigan Lake, Who will clean up the mess, asks community? Environment Minister Mary Polak has finally cancelled the permit for the controversial Shawnigan Lake landfill site after the facility’s owner, Cobble Hill Holdings, failed … Continue reading

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Bravo! Brava! Four years, two million dollars in legal fees defending clean drinking water by Shawnigan Lake Community triumphs! Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment, revokes toxic dump facility permit

BC Environment Minister’s statement on Cobble Hill Holdings permit by Ministry of Environment, February 23, 2017 Minister of Environment Mary Polak has issued the following statement in regard to the waste discharge permit held by Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. for … Continue reading

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China: Farmer Studies Law for 16 Years to Sue Chemical Company Qihua for Polluting His Land; Wins $119,000.00 Judgement against the multi-billion dollar, state-run company which is appealing

Farmer Studies Law for 16 Years to Sue Chemical Company for Polluting His Land by Julie Travers, February 17, 2017, EcoWatch Chinese farmer Wang Enlin and his neighbors sued Qihua Group, a mineral processing and chemical production company, for polluting their homes … Continue reading

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Queensland, Australia: Contamination and irreversible damage caused by Linc Energy at Hopeland more widespread than first thought. With Linc in liquidation and debts of $300 Million, who pays for the “irreversible” damages to the many farms, homes, soils, air and aquifers?

Contamination near Linc Energy UCG plant at Hopeland more widespread than first thought by Mark Willacy, February 09, 2017, ABC News Flammable levels of hydrogen have been found at a number of locations near the site of a controversial gas project … Continue reading

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Justice Denied in Texas: Parrs won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against Aruba after fracking oprations made them sick, driving them from their home

Wise County family won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against driller by Max B. Baker, February 9, 2017, The Star Telegram A state appeals court recently tossed out the $2.9 million judgment the Parr family got against Aruba Petroleum. … Continue reading

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Texas Travesty: Appeals Court Throws out $3 Million Jury Verdict for Bob & Lisa Parr against Aruba Petroleum

There is no frac’ing aftercare, not from the companies, regulators, politicians or legal systems in North America. As the Supreme Court of Canada made clear in their “OK for government agencies to violate the Charter” ruling in Ernst vs AER … Continue reading

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BC Govt Suspends Toxic Waste Dumping Permit Upstream from Shawnigan Lake. Will Rachel Notley gov’t file charges against Encana for illegally fracturing & contaminating Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers? And publicly expose all at AER, Alberta Health, Alberta Innovates & Alberta Environment who engaged in fraud covering-up Encana’s crimes?

Environment Minister Suspends Permit for Leaking Landfill in Shawnigan Lake, ‘This is a huge step,’ says regional director leading opposition to site by Andrew Nikiforuk, January 28, 2017, The Tyee Under intense legal and citizen pressure, Environment Minister Mary Polak has suspended the … Continue reading

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CAPP blew the whistle. Any courageous whisteblowers at AER & Encana? Origin Energy denies massive cover-up after accusation in explosive lawsuit by company whistleblower, Sally McDow, lawyer and senior compliance manager

Snap of photo from the print article linked below. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: Coal bed methane operations contaminate water resources by The Calgary Herald, August 28, 2014 Yet CAPP’s Alex Ferguson says many worries about water quality are based on past operations … Continue reading

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Federal Judge: Lockers’ Pavillion water contamination case against Encana can go to trial. Jeff and Rhonda Locker: “They’ve dragged us through the mud long enough. I’ve got the fight on now”

Judge: Fracking contamination case can go to trial by Benjamin Storrow, January 3, 2017, E&E News A Wyoming family who claim a natural gas company contaminated their drinking water will be allowed to take their case to trial, a federal judge … Continue reading

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Plaintiff awarded special costs in 5-year B.C. libel suit. “People beginning to realize the damage this can cause innocent people…the courts are finally taking a position on it.” But, not in Ernst vs AER where Chief Justice Niel Wittmann ordered Ernst to pay costs after AER’s outside counsel Glenn Solomon defamed Ernst in AER’s Application to Strike

‘Fake news on trial’: Plaintiff awarded special costs in five-year B.C. libel suit by Dan Fumano, December 31, 2016, Vancouver Sun Fake news can have real consequences — and, as a B.C. court heard this week, it can lead to … Continue reading

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Canada: Judge doesn’t wait for trial, Rules doctor caused infections, issues summary judgement – without full hearing. Compare to Ernst lawsuit being dragged out year after year after year, merely on preliminary motions, with Alberta courts ruling AER is legally immune, even for acts in gross negligence & bad faith, owes harmed Albertans “no duty of care.”

Judge doesn’t wait for trial, may have set class-action precedent, in finding doctor caused spinal infections by Tom Blackwell, December 12, 2016, National Post Dr. Stephen James gave at least six of his patients serious infections while performing epidurals like … Continue reading

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UK: Councillor wins right to mount High Court challenge over ‘unlawful’ fracking licence in Cheshire; Court placed £5,000 cap on legal costs Mr. Dean will have to pay personally if he loses because he’s trying to protect the environment from frac’ing & drilling harms

Challenge over ‘unlawful’ fracking licence in Cheshire by BBC News, December  15, 2016 IGas Energy is drilling in search of fossil fuels which could potentially lead to fracking An environmental campaigner has won the right to mount a High Court … Continue reading

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New Mexico Supreme Court revives 1999 Shell Oil soil & aquifer contamination case that caused rash of illnesses; Found lower courts erred in preventing harmed residents from introducing scientific evidence and expert testimony at trial

New Mexico court ruling revives oil contamination case by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press, March 4th, 2016 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 200 current and former residents who claim decades of oil and gas operations led to contamination that spurred a … Continue reading

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Justice understood? Or are some lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association wanting to silence the many Canadians concerned with the serious access to justice problems in Canada?

Justice understood by Justin Ling, Fall 2016, The Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, The Power of Perspectives Social media has intensified public scrutiny over the work of our courts. But with so much misinformation out there, is it time for the … Continue reading

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Clerking at Canada’s highest court

Clerking at Canada’s highest court by Corey Laroque, Fall 2016, The Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, The Power of Perspectives The mentor: Owen Rees, lawyer at Conway Baxter Wilson in Ottawa and former executive legal officer to the Chief Justice … Continue reading

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Another Alberta farm family poisoned by the oil and gas industry, and their Alberta lawyer Kieth Wilson, settle & gag & betray the public interest: The Sakens settle with Bonavista Energy after area aquifer and farm at Edson contaminated with toxic chemicals. Where’s the AER? Where’s the punitive fine? Where’s Alberta’s Energy Minister? On another cushy trip to China with Encana?

Keep in mind that Lonnie Saken works for Bonavista: *** “This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations.” RUTHERFORD B. HAYES *** … Continue reading

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AER issues another order against Bonavista Energy Corporation for contaminating drinking water aquifers and soil near Edson with sulfolane. Where did the Sakens go? Did they settle & gag?

 AER Order against Bonavista for contaminating drinking water supply near Edson with sulfolane by Don Weleschuk, Acting Director, Closure and Liability, November 8, 2016, Alberta Energy Regulator Under section 113 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Colin Hennel, Manager, Environment … Continue reading

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Kiskadden will appeal to Pa. Supreme Court: Appeals Court Won’t Revive Claims Drilling by Range Resources Damaged Kiskadden’s Water Well, Even with damning evidence of frac tracers in Kiskadden’s water. Case to be appealed to Pa Supreme Court, Lawyers providing their services ‘pro bono’ throughout the lengthy process

Gas drilling contamination case could go to State Supreme Court by Don Hopey, November 3, 2016, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Loren “Buzz” Kiskadden will appeal a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling that takes to task the “reckless” drilling operations of Range Resources, but finds the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Canada clears Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of contempt charges. After four years of legal process: “One of the things that I’ve learned…is we have a problem in Quebec and Canada, in terms of access to the justice system.”

Bravo Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois for working so long and hard to protect Canadians’ Charter right to freedom of expression! Supreme Court of Canada Judgement 36351 Jean-François Morasse c. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois – et – Association canadienne des libertés civiles, Alberta Public Interest Research … Continue reading

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Canadian gov’t appoints five judges to Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench, moves two to Court of Appeal, leaving in total twenty more judges needed for Alberta

Six seats were vacant on Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench. Five judges were appointed to it today, but two from the court were moved up to Alberta Court of Appeal, leaving a total of only three actually added to Court of Queen’s … Continue reading

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AER Redwater Appeal: Will the courts protect the rich, make ordinary Canadians pay for industry’s abandoned oilfield messes? Alberta Court of Appeal to decide who will pay for Redwater’s abandoned wells after bankruptcy (using the law to intentionally avoid responsibility after years of profit-taking?)

A bit of background: 2016 09 22: Is AER vs Redwater worsening cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta, BC and Sasktchewan? Did AER file the lawsuit intentionally to set legal precedent and dump clean up costs on … Continue reading

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Justice delayed, justice denied, in Alberta’s dysfunctional court system: “Trial delays like this aren’t just unfair. They’re absurd. They make us look like a banana republic. And they undermine public confidence in the rule of law itself.”

Paula Simons: Justice delayed, justice denied, in Alberta’s dysfunctional court system by Paula Simons, October 12, 2016, Edmonton Journal Mason Tex Montgrand was 21. Originally from La Loche, Sask., he was a member of a notorious Saskatchewan gang, the Scorpion Brothers. He … Continue reading

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Chinchilla, Queensland: DEHP expands contamination testing of poisonous gases in Hopeland

DEHP expands contamination testing in Hopeland by Chinchilla News, 13th Oct 2016 THE Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has begun a second phase of testing in and around Hopeland to better understand the extent of contamination from Linc Energy’s … Continue reading

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Retiring Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell turns focus to pursuing a more accessible civil and family legal system. “There is a serious access to justice problem in Canada.” … “Various court workers were of the view that the ‘civil system [is] … very much open to abuse by those with more money at their disposal.'”

‘Used judge: high mileage, no warranty’ Justice Thomas Cromwell, on retiring from the Supreme Court, fashions a Kijiji ad by Mackenzie Scrimshaw, September 24th, 2016, ipolitics Although he officially retired on September 1, Cromwell says he’s still “very engaged” in 14 judgments — … Continue reading

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New frac low? Official Oppression: Pennsylvania oil & gas lobby group ponders criminal prosecution against officials that vote against fracing or waste injection. Illustrates “the sense of privilege and entitlement” (and contempt?) companies have for communities they try to “bully into submission.”

[Refer first to: 2013 12 20: VICTORY! Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says It’s Unconstitutional For Gas Companies To Frack Wherever They Want; Act 13, Gas Industry Takeover Law thrown out by State’s Highest Court “By any responsible account,” Chief Justice Castille … Continue reading

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After paying $1.6 million fine, ExxonMobil to pay $12 million settlement to Montana, US for oil spill affecting 85 miles of Yellowstone River. What will Husky Pay for spill affecting over 300 miles of river in Canada? Nothing, as usual? After treating spill-poisoned James Smith Cree Nation abysmally, Husky’s oil-sniffing dogs find evidence of oil, then Husky quickly compensates (and gags?) James Bay Cree First Nation

Husky Energy compensates Saskatchewan First Nation for oil spill by The Canadian Press, October 3, 2016, The Calgary Herald A Saskatchewan First Nation has received compensation from Husky Energy due to damage from its oil spill in July. Husky spokesman Mel Duvall … Continue reading

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Drilling through danger Chapters 2 & 3: Oil & gas industry’s practice of farming out work can have deadly consequences, client legal immunity prevents many injured from suing, even when fault is clearly the client’s

Colorado’s workers’ comp rules complicate accountability, “Exclusive remedy” provision gives companies immunity from lawsuits by John Ingold, September 26, 2016, The Denver Post On the first day of Von Phathong’s trial against drilling company Tesco, his attorney left little doubt about who … Continue reading

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Big Legal Victory in Pennsylvania: Supreme Court rules 2012 law unfairly gave frackers illegal “special” treatment; Declares Act 13 an unconstitutional “special law” benefiting specific groups or industries, including its “physician gag order” restricting health-care professionals from getting information about chemicals that could harm their patients

A few of the comments Bob Donnan7 hours ago The citizens of Pennsylvania owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who fought long and hard for the rights of all Pennsylvanians in the bold face of industry and political … Continue reading

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Alberta Provincial Court Chief Judge Terrence Matchett: “Justice delayed truly is justice denied.” Wait time for civil cases reaching trial in Alberta can take 2.7 years. Ernst case is in its 9th year with Ernst still waiting to find out if she can start her lawsuit against AER for violating her Charter rights

Top Alberta judges condemn trial delays, demanding Parliament acts to fill vacancies on the bench by Bill Kaufmann, September 28, 2016, Calgary Herald Alberta’s chief judges decried growing trial delays Wednesday, saying they need more help on the bench. Members of a … Continue reading

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Is AER vs Redwater worsening cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta, BC and Sasktchewan? Did AER file the lawsuit intentionally to set legal precedent and dump clean up costs on taxpayers to enhance profits for oil and gas companies?

An Alberta court case is boosting environmental clean-up costs in other provinces by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, September 22, 2016, Calgary Herald Companies buying energy assets in Saskatchewan and British Columbia are facing higher deposit costs for environmental remediation after a … Continue reading

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Peru: Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña and husband attacked, severely injured by Newmont Mining Corp security guards; Newmont accused of grossly violating Peruvian landowners’ rights

Peru: Maxima Acuña and Partner Attacked by Mining Firm’s Guards by telSUR, September 18, 2016 Peru’s internationally-renowned environmentalist Maxima Acuña and her partner were severely hurt Sunday morning in an attack by alleged hitmen hired by the mining company they are … Continue reading

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International Criminal Court (ICC) to include environmental destruction cases, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes, “Today’s announcement should send a warning shot to company executives and investors that the environment is no longer their playground.”

ICC widens remit to include environmental destruction cases, In change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as landgrabs by John Vidal and Owen Bowcott, September 15, 2016, The Guardian Environmental destruction and landgrabs could lead to … Continue reading

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Queensland’s environmental regulator charges Linc Energy CEO Peter Bond with three indictable offences, If convicted, could face fines or jail time. Linc, in liquidation, faces five charges of willfully and unlawfully causing serious environmental harm. When will Encana be charged for willfully and unlawfully frac’ing and contaminating Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers?

Linc CEO charged with environmental breaches, If convicted, Mr Bond could face a fine of more than $310,000 per offence, or even jail time by The Australian, September 15, 2016 Queensland’s environmental regulator has filed a complaint and summons against the founder … Continue reading

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Insurer Lloyd’s Wins Right to Fight New Dominion Lawsuit in N.Y. Over Oklahoma Quake Coverage; Lloyds refusing to pay damages claiming water and chemicals injected for fracing doesn’t qualify as pollution

Lloyd’s Wins Right to Fight in N.Y. Over Oklahoma Quake Coverage by Robert Burnson, September 09, 2016, The Washington Post with Bloomberg Lloyd’s of London has kept its lawsuit against New Dominion LLC over fracking out of the state where … Continue reading

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