Category Archives: Other Lawsuits
Why does Canada not sack bad judges? Do bad judges fill a niche that Rape & Pillage Canada Needs? UK Judge sacked for trolling people on online news stories, posting abusive comments about cases he was involved in
Judge sacked for trolling people on online news stories by BBC News, 12 April 2017 A judge has been sacked for using a pseudonym to post abusive comments on a newspaper website about cases he was involved in. Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw, … Continue reading
Triple Nasty Liar? Purpose of Steve Harper’s Trade Deal with China? Alberta Company Northern Cross Ltd. filed $2.2-billion lawsuit against Yukon government over frac moratorium
Snaps taken April 11, 2017 of Northern Cross Yukon Ltd.’s website: That’s some “company.” Mammoth suit filed against Yukon government, Northern Cross Ltd. has filed a $2.2-billion lawsuit against the Yukon government over a fracking moratorium by Emily Blake, April 10, … Continue reading
Pennsylvania “Environmental” Regulator Sues Communities for Trying to Protect Their Environment and Banning Frac Waste Injection Wells
Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment by Rural America in These Times, March 30, 2017 Fracking injection wells, which blast millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals deep underground to expand fissures … Continue reading
Terrible News! Another jury award overturned on a frac harm lawsuit: Federal Judge overturns $4.24M unanimous jury award in methane contamination of Ely & Hubert drinking water after fracking by Cabot Oil and Gas Co. Orders new trial if settlement not reached.
New Trial Ordered Over Bad Evidence In Cabot Fracking Case by Ryan Boysen, March 31, 2017, Law360 Last year’s upset trial victory by a solo practitioner facing off against megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright in a yearslong groundwater contamination suit may … Continue reading
Oh Canada! Once-imprisoned lawyer (for child pornography) one step closer to getting his licence to practise law in Ontario, Two out of three lawyers on Law Society of Upper Canada tribunal decide he’s of ‘good character.’ Dissenting opinion finds Ronald Davidovic failed to prove he was rehabilitated.
Once-imprisoned lawyer could practise law in Ontario, LSUC rules registered sex offender is of ‘good character’ by Alex Robinson, 22 March 2017, Canadian Lawyer Magazine A former lawyer from Florida, who spent two years in prison for a child pornography charge, is … Continue reading
Saskatchewan Justice reviewing whether charges warranted in Husky oil spill. When will Alberta Justice review whether to charge Encana for illegally fracturing and contaminating Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, and municipal and citizen water water wells?
Husky quotes on “learning” & “improving” safety Husky quote about their March 2017 spill into Cox Hill Creek in Alberta: Duvall said the cleanup is expected to be done in the next few days and then reclamation work will begin. … Continue reading
Judges: a danger to Canadian women 1:15 Min by 22 Minutes, March 22, 2017, CBC Comedy The neighbourhood takes a terrifying turn when a judge moves to your street. ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Sketch Goes After Canadian Judges by Emma … Continue reading
Court shocks nuclear industry with liability ruling; Japanese gov’t held liable for first time for negligence in Fukushima, Court rules gov’t should have used regulatory powers to force plant’s operator to take preventive measures. When will Alberta govt be held liable for enabling AER’s gross negligence, acts in bad faith, fraud, covering-up industry’s crimes, Charter violations and abuses of Albertans?
Japan court shocks nuclear industry with liability ruling by Shaun Burnie, Asia Times, March 20, 2017 Japan’s atomic power establishment is in shock following the court ruling on Friday that found the state and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant … Continue reading
After Supreme Court of Canada denies Ernst her guaranteed Charter right to seek remedy for her valid Charter claim against the AER, Judge acquits activist who bared breasts at Montreal Grand Prix: ‘It’s a victory for freedom of expression,’ but not if you are exposing Encana illegally frac’ing & contaminating your community’s drinking water supply with the “regulator” violating your rights trying to intimidate & gag you
Judge acquits activist who bared breasts at Montreal Grand Prix: ‘It’s a victory for freedom of expression’ by Graeme Hamilton, March 21, 2017, National Post “It’s a victory for freedom of expression,” Neda Topaloski said after she was acquitted, opening … Continue reading
Jessica Ernst Open Letter to University of Lethbridge President Michael J. Mahon and Governors Regarding Dr. Anthony Hall and his Charter Right to Freedom of Expression
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?
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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