Category Archives: Other Lawsuits
Oklahoma citizens with property in nine central counties (about 400 homes and some businesses) that suffered damage from 2011 earthquakes caused by oil industry waste injection gain class-action status
Earthquake lawsuit gains class-action status by Adam Wilmoth, May 22, 2019, NewsOK A lawsuit claiming oil company New Dominion LLC is responsible for damage caused by the 2011 earthquakes near Prague has gained class-action status and is scheduled for trial … Continue reading
Fayette County, WV tried to break its energy industry dependence, banned disposal of drilling waste. Industry fought back, arguing communities don’t get a say (in being poisoned). The courts overruled the county’s common sense & public health protection. No matter how nasty judges get, take a stand! It’s always worth it!
One West Virginia County Tried to Break Its Dependence on the Energy Industry. It was Overruled. After seeing the scars of coal, Fayette County banned the disposal of natural gas drilling waste. Industry fought back, arguing the community doesn’t get a … Continue reading
Errors or more judicial misogyny? Appeal panel rules trial judge ‘erred,’ issues convictions on 25 charges related to 18 complainants for Chatham-Kent violin teacher; Panel requested different trial court judge determine sentencing. Phew! It’s about time.
Appeal panel rules trial judge ‘erred,’ issues convictions for Chatham-Kent violin teacher, The appeal panel has remitted the matter back to Superior Court by CBC News with files from Lisa Zing, Jul 23, 2019, CBC News A former violin teacher … Continue reading
Chester County, Pennsylvania: Tormented by Hell Holes (sink holes), Then your home bought out & family gagged
Sunoco buys two homes at Chester County site of Mariner East 2-related sinkhole, State and county documents show company paid $400,000 each for properties by Jon Hurdle, April 29, 2019, State Impact Sunoco Pipeline bought two homes on Lisa Drive, … Continue reading
Secrets & lies by AER & Alberta govt to cover-up Encana’s secrets, lies & frac crimes; Supreme Court of Canada in the cover-up business too? Top Court signs pact to keep records of deliberations secret for at least 50 years; Reserves right to keep some secret forever
Is this perhaps because Supreme Court of Canada wants Ernst and others concerned about the court’s charter-damaging and lying ruling in Ernst vs AER to be long dead before Justice Abella’s drafts and deliberations of her ruling, and where she … Continue reading
Judicial Tragedy: U.S. District Judge William Alsup wanted to “stick to the science” and avoid politics, presided over standing room only tutorial on climate change, but let big oil off using politics. Science is on humanity’s side, the law is not.
Originally posted in 2018; Reposted July 23, 2019 The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. — Isaac Asimov Comment to the March 21, 2018 article: Debbie MacLeod · Calgary, Alberta … Continue reading
Do great justices in Canada have significant flaws too? The Flaws of Great Justice Stevens, Fine personal qualities do not always translate into judicial virtues
The Flaws of the Great Justice Stevens, Fine personal qualities do not always translate into judicial virtues by Barry P. McDonald, July 20, 2019, New York Times Mr. McDonald is a law professor. Like so many others, I was saddened … Continue reading
Teck will continue to fight U.S. judgement even though U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing Teck’s appeal
Another polluting Canadian corporation thinks its above the law? Lying and stealing are next door neighbors. Proverb Refer also to! 2019: Teck reportedly rakes in $12 Billion in revenue 2017-2018; Teck, Suncor, CNRL take top spots in annual ranking of … Continue reading
Would Justice Robert Beaudoin have let the rapist off if his daughter was one of the women raped? Ontario Crown serves Paul Batchelor notice of appeal, claims trial judge made errors. Errors or misogyny?
“Just” how rampant is racism, misogyny, dishonesty and abuse in Canada’s legal system? To find out, read rulings and listen to the bullshit some judges say in court. Warning, you’ll want to rage and throw up – not because of … Continue reading
No wonder Canadian “justice” is so often misogynistic, racist &/or abusive. Looking in the mirror: Harassment in legal workplaces
Looking in the mirror: Harassment in legal workplaces by Elizabeth Bingham, July 12, 2109, First Reference Talks Whether advocating for a client before the Human Rights Tribunal, drafting a Respect at Work Policy or assisting a client with engaging a … Continue reading
Some courts uphold the Rule of Law (unlike in Canada)! Irish High Court delivers killer blow to US Fracked Gas Imports by ‘New Fortress Energy’ (Shannon LNG)
Main environmental NGOs in North America are synergized and operate as “controlled” (by government, “regulators” and oil and gas companies) opposition. It is easy to spot these groups by their oft chanted poison-enabling statements, “we are not opposed, we just … Continue reading
5 years after Mount Polley mine disaster, prospect of charges stirs; 15 years after Encana illegally frac’d Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, prospect of charges hangs in Hell
‘Heads need to roll’: Five years after Mount Polley mine disaster, prospect of charges stirs hope for justice by Ainslie Cruickshank, July 4, 2019, Star Vancouver VANCOUVER—It’s been almost five years since 25 million cubic metres of tainted water and debris … Continue reading
Ontario Bar Association reaffirms commitment to promoting equity, diversity & inclusion, “speaks as a united voice.” Compare to Law Society of Ontario’s white supremacists squabbling childishly trying to hold onto power. How does a litigant get fair legal representation with shit like this going on?
Read First: How prevalent is racism (and misogyny) among Canadian lawyers & judges? SOP = Statement of Principles *** Snap of tweet below by Atrisha Lewis from https://twitter.com/atrishalewis Diversity and inclusion ‘fundamental’ to the OBAKaren Perron says the OBA, while … Continue reading
South Africa: Amazing legal victory (with costs) for AfriForum & Treasure the Karoo Action Group! Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously rules fracking cannot proceed
The Judgement Fracking: Full bench of Judges rule in favour of Karoo by ALGOAFM, July 4, 2019 The civil rights organisation AfriForum and the Treasure the Karoo Action Group’s (TKAG’s) succeeded in its appeal against the Ministers of Mineral Resources … Continue reading
Misogynistic Justice. Rapist after rapist set free by Canadian judges. Think those judges will let you seek justice if your water is frac’d by Encana, enabled, covered-up by authorities with AER violating your Charter rights trying to terrify you into submissive silence, enabled by Supreme Court of Canada?
Excellent comment to the Tyee article: Ed July 4, 2019 Our Courts are far far too lenient on perpetrators who commit violence against other people, whether the victim is a female, a child or a male. Our Justice system appears … Continue reading
Canada’s widespread denial of access to “justice.” Ontario judge awards plaintiff more than 10 times her net damage award in costs, plaintiff still loses financially! Just like when Justice Neil C Wittmann awarded 3 times costs to Ernst, but she hugely lost financially because Alberta’s anti-justice system gave govt *3* chances to try to throw out her lawsuit (the third granted by J Wittmann)
Costs decision a warning to insurers to treat plaintiffs better by AdvocateDaily.com (Canada’s Daily Legal Newswire), undated A judge’s decision to award a plaintiff more than 10 times her net damage award in costs should serve as a warning to … Continue reading
Mission Impossible? Improved Access to Justice in Canada? Litigation Suicide: Self-represented litigants considered fools by the establishment, but more Canadians are acting as their own lawyer because they don’t have a choice.
More Canadians are acting as their own lawyer because they don’t have a choice by The Sunday Edition, March 25, 2018 INTERESTING! Listen 20:13 Min From the interview: On self represented litigants: “They are everybody. They are you and they are … Continue reading
Statutory mandate of Law Society of Ontario is to function in “public interest” which requires the profession to respect all members of society, not just a privileged few. Pfffft! Some lawyers don’t even respect their paying clients!
Is the Law Society of Ontario “Fiddling While Rome Burns?” by Julie Macfarlane, June 26, 2019, NSRLP If you asked a member of the public what they consider to be the most important issue facing the legal profession in Ontario, … Continue reading
SOP = Statement of Principles Oct 18 2019 Tweet by CABL (Canadian Association of Black Lawyers) on Justice Cromwell expressing disappointment in the attack on the SOP added Oct 19, 2019: Snap above, added July 16, 2019, from https://twitter.com/LouisCentury Cartoon … Continue reading
Access to “justice” in Canada? Seven years of delays plague Ellen Alston’s alleged water contamination case against MD Foothills, AB; Lawsuit on track to go to trial but still three or four or more years before case goes before a judge
Delays plague alleged water contamination case by Don Patterson, October 11 2017, Western Wheel Seven years after it was launched, the case of a former MD of Foothills resident suing the municipality over alleged contaminated groundwater is on track to … Continue reading
“Justice” rears its farcical head, yet again. Radio reporter obtains judge-ordered frac harm settlement ‘n gag, but court stifles him! $3M settlement accidentally made public for 8 plaintiffs against Range Resources & ten other codefendants. Two plaintiffs feel “angry and defeated” by their settlement.
Court document reveals Range Resources, other defendants agreed to $3 million settlement in Washington County contamination suit, The public document doesn’t specify how money was distributed among plaintiffs by Reid Frazier, June 4, 2019, State Impact PA Range Resources and … Continue reading
Delay in Reasons for Judgment: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied by Lloyd Duhaime, April 5, 2011, Duhaime “Thank you counsellors for your able submissions. Judgment is reserved.” Those promising words can be the last words from a trial or hearing … Continue reading
Prosecutors drop all criminal charges against eight people in Flint water scandal by Ed White, The Associated Press, June 13, 2019, The Globe and Mail Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and … Continue reading
“The [legal] system’s not broken; the system was built this way.” Of course it was! Just like it was built to piss on the poor, women, the environment and the Rule of Law itself
Ava DuVernay’s powerful film re-examines the Central Park Jogger case by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, June 6, 2019, Rabble.ca It has been more than 30 years since a rape and attempted murder occurred in New York City that became … Continue reading
Who orders a new hearing for a Supreme Court of Canada ruling where 9 justices knowingly published a lie and sent it to the media? Who “slaps” Justice Rosalie Abella for knowingly lying in her ruling and belittling the applicant? Certainly not the Canadian Judicial Council!
Avnish Nanda [Edmonton lawyer] @avnishnanda June 8, 2018 Retweeted David M Tanovich Every litigator’s nightmare. Appearing before a judge that is aware of their status relative to the parties, and uses it towards a particular result at the expense of … Continue reading
Nasty Nexen (subsidiary of Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC Ltd) pleads not guilty in Long Lake tarsands explosion that killed two workers
Nexen pleads not guilty in Long Lake explosion that killed two workers by Canadian Press, March 14, 2018, Calgary Herald FORT MCMURRAY — Nexen Energy has pleaded not guilty to eight charges stemming from a fatal explosion at the company’s oilsands site … Continue reading
Rule of law in Canada? Most unlikely, except to enable corporate abuse, greed & pollution; protect the rich, lying judges & lawyers, corrupt politicians & law violating regulators. Newfoundland and Labrador trying to jail journalist Justin Brake for doing his job, judge pathetically enables the abuse of process; Maureen Killoran, Encana lawyer in Ernst vs Encana, seeks outrageous injunction for Kinder Morgan, judge shows obvious bias for the company
Newfoundland and Labrador is trying to jail a journalist for doing his job, Justin Brake faces prison time for reporting from an Indigenous occupation by Ethan Cox, March 13, 2018, ricochet A provincial court judge in Labrador ruled Monday that … Continue reading
Alberta fails, again! Alberta’s criminal justice system gets failing grade, with most disproportionately high level of Indigenous incarceration of any jurisdiction in Canada. Alberta government’s response? The dog ate my homework
Criminal justice system in Alberta improving but not fast enough: report card, The province had a failing grade, with the most disproportionately high level of Indigenous incarceration of any jurisdiction in Canada by Catherine Griwkowsky, March 5, 2018, Edmonton Journal When it … Continue reading
Oklahoma’s boasted frac quake mitigation failing, badly! More homes damaged by two 4.2M quakes Sunday NE of Enid; Court coddling oil companies causing quakes, leaving people plaintiffs dangling
Damage reported after earthquakes in Oklahoma by News9, Mar 05, 2018 BRECKENRIDGE, Okla. (AP) – Damage is being reported after two 4.2-magnitude earthquakes rattled northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quakes hit Sunday evening near the town of Breckenridge, … Continue reading
Oh No! What will the judges drink? Frac Free Irish Whiskey? High levels of lead found in drinking water in Toronto Superior Court of Justice building, lead was found in excess of provincial health standards. No health standards for industry’s leaking methane contaminating buildings, cities, drinking water in Canada, even though it causes significant health harm & can blow you and your family up
High levels of lead found in drinking water at court building, At several locations in the 50-year-old Toronto Superior Court of Justice building, lead was found to be in excess of provincial standards by Betsy Powell, Mach 5, 2018, Toronto Star “There … Continue reading
The Guardian in UK reports on Ristigouche Sud-Est’s legal win against Gastem: Tiny Canada town defeats oil firm in court fight over drinking water, Company sued Quebec village of 157 people after it created bylaw to protect its water
Tiny Canada town defeats oil firm in court fight over drinking water, Company sued Quebec township of 157 people after it created a no-drill zone, fearing for its water supply by Ashifa Kassam in Toronto, Mar 2018, The Guardian ‘We are relieved that … Continue reading
Unbelievable! A Canadian judge with courage & integrity! Justice Nicole Tremblay ruled a municipality has right to protect its territory based on precautionary principle, but orders only half of tiny Quebec village’s legal fees reimbursed. Is that justice? After 4.5 years of legal stresses & waiting, Ristigouche Sud-Est wins! Gastem sued the community $1.5 Million for trying to protect drinking water
The ruling, dated February 28, 2018 Note that the Quebec court heard the trial over 9 days in September 2017 and ruled in only 5 months, on a much more complicated matter than the Ernst vs AER preliminary motion (not a … Continue reading
3M, Minnesota settle water pollution claims for $850 million on day jury trial set to begin; State was seeking $5 billion, Company still faces at least 24 similar lawsuits filed in courts across U.S.
U of S professor denies suppressing toxic pollution research for 3M, Allegations against Prof. John Giesy contained in $850M legal case between State of Minnesota and 3M by Jason Warick, March 11, 2018, CBC News A globally-renowned University of Saskatchewan professor … Continue reading
Another frac lawsuit bites the dust, Frac’d & contaminated aquifers for Pavillion Wyoming community not yet repaired: Jeff & Rhonda Locker settle with Encana & gag on their contaminated drinking water
Pavillion couple reach settlement with Encana on polluted water by Heather Richards, January 24, 2018, Casper Star-Tribune A Pavillion couple has reached a settlement with Encana Corp. over contaminated groundwater in the central Wyoming gas field where they live. The … Continue reading
Oklahoma Supreme Court 8-0 Ruling, One Recusal: Oil companies can be sued when worker injured; Republican law giving oil companies legal immunity deemed unconstitutional
Too bad the Supreme Court of Canada justices that heard Ernst vs AER (and denied Ernst her guaranteed right to seek remedy for her valid claim of AER violating her Charter rights – ruling AER is legally immune even for … Continue reading
Synergizing Canadian Courts Enabling Polluters: BC Judge gives Painted Pony Energy PR gift (makes the company look good by “giving” to NGOs) instead of ordering real punishment for killing migratory birds in frac fluid tank
Natural gas company fined after dead birds found floating in fracking fluid tank, 14 migratory birds were found dead in containment tank north of Fort St. John by The Canadian Press, with files from Andrew Kurjata, Jan 24, 2018, CBC News A natural gas … Continue reading
Subsidiary of Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd. charged for explosion that killed 2 workers in Alberta in 2016; Nexen (blamed the workers) facing 8 charges under Occupational Health & Safety Act. How many charges will the court order as “donations” to enabling NGOs, propaganda group “Insider Education,” an arena, frac research, etc? Or will all the charges be dropped to keep China happy?
Nexen charged after explosion killed two workers in 2016, Charges have been laid against Nexen Energy ULC after two workers were killed in an explosion at the Nexen Long Lake site south of Fort McMurray by Claire Theobald with files from Vincent … Continue reading
Outrageous frac company Cabot Oil & Gas Suing Victim of Its Own Pollution for Speaking Out, Pennsylvania resident Ray Kemble sued by the company that polluted his water
A Fracking Company Is Suing a Victim of Its Own Pollution for Speaking Out (Video), A Pennsylvania resident is being sued by the company that polluted his water by Hope Forpeace, AlterNet, January 10, 2018 Cabot Oil & Gas, a petroleum, natural gas … Continue reading
Typical: Energy group Ineos files for judicial review of Scotland’s frac ban. But Scotland hasn’t legislated a ban yet, they only said they will ban it
Ineos launching legal challenge against SNP fracking ban, CHEMICALS giant Ineos is launching a legal challenge against the SNP’s fracking ban amid claims the move is “unlawful” and a “misuse of ministerial power” by Tom Martin, January 9, 2018, express.co.uk … … Continue reading
Indigenous scholar Val Napoleon embraces disruption by Justine Hunter, January 1, 2018, The Globe and Mail In Indigenous stories, the Trickster Raven can be a benevolent transformer or a careless glutton, but almost always is depicted as a male. In Val … Continue reading