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March 2014 Archives

Faulty GM part caused at least 12 deaths

After General Motors announced a recall of 1.6 million vehicles globally because of a defective part, lawyers began filing class action lawsuits on behalf of people who have been victims of the faulty ignition switches. A class action lawsuit combines numerous plaintiffs but can take years to conclude. Two plaintiffs have claimed that they are now fearful when they get behind the wheel because they think that the car might shut off and cause an accident.

Former health official files lawsuit for $6.1 million

A former Alberta executive has taken legal action to the tune of more than $6.1 million against Alberta Health Services and another health official for breach of contract and defamation, claiming that they were involved in a conspiracy to remove him from his position. According to the acting CEO of AHS, the top official resigned in August 2012 after the media released information that he had accrued $346,000 in expenses during his tenure in another position from 2005 to 2008. AHS has also refused to pay him more than $500,000 in severance fees.

Controversy over gender-based hiring practices

Some Alberta readers might find a recent piece discussing the situation of a 56-year-old Caucasian male who couldn't find a job with the city of Toronto interesting. Despite his extensive qualifications as listed on his resume, he struggled with getting an interview, so he decided to investigate further to see if he was the victim of employment discrimination. While there was little data available for three of the groups, he easily found employment data for women, and he claims that he found that the city focused on hiring the disabled, women, and minorities. 

Litigation sought against government officials

In a lawsuit that he filed, a former Calgary pathologist claims that the chief medical examiner and other government officials tried to destroy his medical career. The civil litigation for $30 million further claims that the group reviewed 14 of his cases in an effort to slander him. A 25-page list of a host of complaints against the government officials who tried to discredit the pathologist says that the plaintiff could no longer practice in his chosen career field because of the actions of the defendants.


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