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July 2014 Archives

Civil claims limit increased to $50,000

The Provincial Court of Alberta has announced that the limit for civil claims will increase beginning Aug. 1. Currently set at $25,000, the limit for civil litigation is to double to $50,000. The court has also announced plans to begin implementing dispute resolution systems that will be aimed at resolving civil litigation faster and for less money.

Lawsuit filed for alleged wrongful denial of loss-of-life benefit

According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of a teenager killed by a drunk driver, the insurer's denial of a $5,000 loss-of-life benefit has caused $250,000 in damages. The claim was filed against the Alberta Motor Association and states that the claim was denied because the victim had a small amount of marijuana in his system when the fatal accident occurred. Due to the denial of the loss-of-life claim, the case may require civil litigation.

52-year-old man wins discrimination lawsuit

A 52-year-old man with a service animal won an Ontario civil rights case after an employee told him the dog could not stay in a local restaurant. He submitted the civil litigation claim to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario who ruled in the plaintiff's favour. Discussing the incident, the plaintiff explained how the employee's treatment of him seemed dated and said that he should not have to fight for his rights just because he is blind.

Families sue inmate in university shooting

A 2012 shooting at the University of Alberta that resulted in the death of two G4S workers has resulted in two lawsuits against the company and the man who was responsible. He shot his fellow guards as they were occupied with refilling two ATM machines on the campus. A fourth guard, 26, was critically wounded but survived, and a 26-year-old woman also lost her life. The shooter is currently serving a life sentence in prison after entering a guilty plea in September 2013 to various counts of attempted murder, second-degree murder and first-degree murder.


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