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April 30, 2018

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Page 16 April 30, 2018 • lAw Times www.lawtimesnews.com u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story "Remember your media coaching! Don't run away. Stay calm. Act dignified. Above all, don't talk to the media." INSANE CLOWN POSSE SUED FOR SODA INJURY TOLEDO, Ohio — A woman in Ohio is suing the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse after she claims she was hit with a two-litre bottle of pop and knocked unconscious at one of its shows, reports WTVG TV in Toledo. Andrea Walker saw the Insane Clown Posse three years ago in north Toledo, and she claims she was hit in the chest with a bottle of Faygo. After she collapsed, Walker was brought to hos- pital and received eight stitches over her eye and a cast on her arm. The duo is known to regularly use Faygo as a prop during its shows, shaking it up and spray- ing it into the audience. Walker is suing for "several hundred- thousand dollars in damages," according to WTOL TV in Toldeo. Judge Lindsay Navarre heard the case in Ohio Claims Court on April 20. "My client missed a significant amount of work, she had some significant injuries and she has some permanent scars that she'll carry with her forever," Walker's lawyer Zachary Murry told WTOL TV. In court, Insane Clown Posse's lawyers said that Walker "was familiar, was aware of the group, Insane Clown Posse, the lead act, and their stage show, which included Faygo being sprayed on the crowd," according to WTVG TV. Navarre "wants to consider all the facts before making a decision," reports WTVG TV. GERMAN GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR LUXURY CRUISE MÜNSTER, Germany — A court in Germany has ruled that the country's federal government must compensate a soldier for a luxury cruise, according to Deutsche Welle. The soldier was a military attaché in the German embassy in Washington. In 2013, he was ordered to relocate back to his home country and decided to take his fam- ily on a cruise from New York to Hamburg. They journeyed on the Queen Mary 2, which is owned by Cunard Cruises and houses a spa, bars and restaurants as well as a planetarium, library and dog kennel. Deutsche Welle reported that the trans atlantic cruise cost about €3,500, but the soldier was only given the cost of economy f lights. On April 20, the state of Münster's Higher Administrative Court ruled the soldier be paid the remaining cost of the cruise, saying that he was eligible to receive up to the cost of business class f lights, which Deutsche Welle reports would have been between €5,000 and €6,000 for the whole fam- ily. A spokesperson told them the family that the court believed the cruise saved tax dollars. The court's ruling in this case is not final. NBA PLAYER'S $50,000 TRACTORS STOLEN HAMBURG, Ark. — Investigators in Ash- ley County are looking for two tractors stolen from former NBA player Scottie Pippen, ac- cording to Arkansas Online, the online version of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The tractors, totalling a worth of about $50,000, were stolen from the livestock farm that Pippen owns in Hamburg, about a two- hour drive from Little Rock. The tractors were stolen on either March 28 or March 29. A spokesperson from the Ashley County Sheriff 's office told the Democrat-Gazette that the reward for "information leading to an arrest and conviction" is US$2,500. Pippen, who lives in Florida, co-owns the farm with his brother. He was born in Hamburg and played point guard for the University of Central Arkansas. Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan and was a member of the first American Olympic team to feature NBA players. LT ARLEEN HUGGINS TO RECEIVE WLAO AWARD The Women's Law Associa- tion of Ontario is set to present its 2018 president's award to law- yer Arleen Huggins. Huggins, who previously served as the president of the Ca- nadian Association of Black Lawyers, has been lauded as a leader in the advancement of ra- cialized women in law. "She appreciates the intersec- tionality of race and gender," the WLAO said of Huggins. "Ms. Huggins has made a sustained contribution to the legal commu- nity through mentoring, advocating and volunteering." Huggins is a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP and leads the firm's employment law group, representing both employers and employees. Other areas in which she practises include human rights, com- mercial litigation and real estate litigation. She has also served in a number of leadership roles in a number of organizations, including the Ontario Bar Association and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. According to the WLAO, it gives the president's award to a wom- an, firm or organization that has made a "substantial commitment to the promotion of women in the law: engaged, aware and connected to the issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profes- sion today." The organization plans to give Huggins the award at its annual awards gala in Toronto on June 13. The WLAO will also be honour- ing Judy G. Naiberg — vice president, Legal and Business Af- fairs, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. — with its general counsel chapter award. MAN GETS 14 MONTHS IN CRASH DEATH OF LAWYER A man has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after a 2016 car crash that resulted in the death of a lawyer. Jennifer Vieira, a partner at Beard Winter LLP, was sitting in the passenger seat of Joseph Kirkpatrick's car when he was speeding, lost control and struck a building in Toronto. Kirkpatrick pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death in February. TLA TO HOST GREG GILHOOLY Lawyer and author Greg Gil- hooly is set to speak at a To- ronto Lawyers Association event on May 31. Gilhooly's new memoir, I Am Nobody, details the long-term effects of sexual assault on victims and criticizes the legal system for failing to ad- equately deal with serial sexual child abuse. Gilhooly himself was a victim of sexual abuse, as hockey coach Graham James allegedly abused him starting at the age of 14. James pled guilty to abusing hockey player Theo Fleury and another player when he was coaching them. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the TLA Lawyers Lounge, on the sec- ond f loor of the courthouse at 361 University Ave. in Toronto. YES, I AGREE 59 % 41 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE LAW TIMES POLL A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has ruled that a lawyer charged with offences related to child pornography should not be subject to an interlocutory suspension. Readers were asked whether they agree with this decision. Roughly 59 per cent said yes, this decision is fair, as the crimi- nal trial has not occurred yet. The remaining 41 per cent said no, this will cause wider problems for the reputation of the profession as a whole. LT Arleen Huggins is set to receive the Women's Law Association of Ontario's 2018 president's award. 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