The most fascinating legal cases of 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada didn’t make a definitive decision on whether horseracing is a ‘game.’
The Supreme Court of Canada didn’t make a definitive decision on whether horseracing is a ‘game.’ REUTERS/Hamish Blair

Finally, we come to the end of our year-end lists. At FindLaw.ca we often cover legal cases, so we thought we’d profile a few of the more interesting cases that we have featured this year:

1. The “Scud Stud” lawsuit

Years ago, former television war correspondent, Arthur Kent, who reported on the Persian Gulf War, was dubbed “Scud Stud.”. More than 25 years later, he campaigned as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 2008 Alberta election. During the campaign, National Post columnist Don Martin wrote an article about him and titled it “Alberta’s ‘Scud Stud’ a ‘Dud” On Campaign Trail.” This didn’t go over well and as a result, Kent is now suing the National Post for defamation claiming the article mocked and ridiculed him. The paper argues it was fair comment.

2. Bad Tinder breakup

Our next lawsuit is somewhat ironic. The Tinder app is a simple, location-based app that allows people to hook up easily. Five investors established a Toronto-based venture capital fund that had invested in various tech companies, including Tinder. Three of the five investors are now suing the other two for $200 million, alleging they were concealing their interest in Tinder and then bought them out for less money than the app was worth. Guess you could say it’s a bad breakup between investors.

3. Is horse racing a game?

The last fascinating case asked two questions; is horse-doping criminal fraud and is horse racing a game? A case from Ontario went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada to answer these two questions.

A horse trainer was charged with fraud and cheating because he was caught injecting performance enhancing drugs into a horse, but the Ontario Superior Court judge tossed out the charges. The Crown appealed and the Ontario Court of Appeal convicted the trainer of fraud but ordered a new trial on the cheating charges because the question raised was: is horse racing a game under the Criminal Code? Turns out the Supreme Court of Canada wouldn’t answer that question either, and agreed with the Ontario Court of Appeal in sending the case back to trial on the cheating charges. Game over.

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