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Calgary Flames prospect facing $250,000 lawsuit

According to a $250,000 lawsuit filed by a Cochrane man, the plaintiff was attacked by a prospective professional hockey player. In addition, the victim has also filed suit against the venue where the incident took place, stating that the hotel staff sold alcohol to the defendant when he was already intoxicated. The man who allegedly punched the plaintiff is also facing aggravated assault charges in connection with the incident.

Options for streamlining family court process

The provincial court and the Court of Queen's Bench may have disagreed over the resolution of family law matters previously, but those in charge of both courts are now open to the possibility of creating one court to handle all family law matters across Alberta. One of the chief provincial judges observed that they could learn how to be more effective by looking at other jurisdictions. He elaborated, saying that a single family court would be more efficient.

Legislation in existence to prevent SLAPP actions

Many companies in Alberta allow for reviews on their products and services to be posted online. However, these reviews sometimes are not in favor of companies. At such a time, a company many attempt to file a defamation lawsuit, which may also be known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, against the poster of a review. These SLAPP tactics have been said to be attacks against freedom of speech.

Justice hears arguments in fracking case

Both sides presented arguments in an Alberta courtroom over a highly publicized fracking and contamination of groundwater case in mid-April. The $33 million lawsuit stems from a property owner who is claiming that a shale gas driller, the Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment contaminated her well water. She further alleges that the government did not properly investigate the matter. The property owner charges that Encana, the driller, acted negligently and that the ERCB violated her freedoms. She further claimed bad faith on the part of the Alberta Environment.

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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