Hartman Law argues harassment lawsuit against Correctional Services Canada in Federal Court

Blakes and Gilbert's also in court for pharma companies embroiled in patent infringement suit

Hartman Law argues harassment lawsuit against Correctional Services Canada in Federal Court

Hartman Law was in Federal Court this week, representing a federal prisoner in a sexual assault and harassment case against the Correctional Services of Canada. The Federal Court also heard intellectual property suits this week, including a patenting infringement case between two pharmaceutical companies with Blake Cassels & Graydon and Gilbert’s LLP representing the parties.

Administrative law

Hartman Law represented a federal prisoner in Port-Cartier Institution in Quebec who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and was transitioning from male to female when she was placed in custody. The inmate alleged that a correctional officer and the assistant warden at Port-Cartier sexually assaulted and harassed her, and that Correctional Services of Canada failed to provide her with appropriate mental health care and hormone therapy, among other allegations. She claimed damages in the amount of approximately $15 million.

Intellectual property

Blake Cassels & Graydon represented Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit against Accord Healthcare Inc., which was represented by Gilbert’s LLP. In another patent infringement lawsuit, Meridian Manufacturing Inc. sued Concept Industries Ltd. MLT Aikins LLP acted on behalf of Meridian, while Nexus Law Group represented Concept Industries.

Labour and employment

Self-represented litigant Joshaua Beaulieu sought judicial review of the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Commission dismissing his complaint against his employer, Veterans Affairs Canada, for discrimination and harassment during his employment. The case arose from Beaulieu’s request to use medical cannabis during his work hours to address several diagnoses related to stress and anxiety. Beaulieu alleged his employer failed to adequately address his request for accommodation.

Harris & Company acted on behalf of Seaspan Marine Corporation in its application for judicial review of the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which ruled that the corporation had discriminated against Andreas Smolik based on his family status. The tribunal also found that Seaspan did not reasonably accommodate Smolik to the point of undue hardship. At trial, Smolik was represented by Yeager Employment Law.

Corporate commercial

Cartel & Bui and the Law Office of Calvin Goldman QC represented the plaintiffs in a proposed class action against Dye & Durham Ltd., Omers Infrastructure Management Inc., and DoProcess LP, alleging that the defendant corporations had conspired to engage in anti-competitive acts to control the price for real estate conveyancing software platforms in Canada.

Aboriginal law

Maurice Law represented the members of the Indigenous tribe, Paul Cree Band, in a lawsuit against the Federal Government. The dispute involved the tribe’s interest in Clearwater Reserve 175. They claimed that they have never consented to the surrender of their interest in the reserve to the Crown or the Fort McMurray First Nation.


In the area of immigration, the law firms present in court this week include Razak Law, Pax Law Corporation, Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell, and Lewis & Associates.

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