Honey Badgers Brigade started its suit against Calgary Expo in 2015 because of its illegal expulsion from the 2015 Calgary Comix Exposition. Its claim is being pursued in the Alberta Provincial Court to set a precedent to defend freedom of expression in the comic culture.
On June 20, 2016, the Honey Badgers Brigade was advised by Calgary Expo International Inc. that it had misled the Alberta Provincial Court by advising a judge at a June 2, 2016 pretrial that Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Inc. was not the corporate entity that Honey Badgers Brigade needed to sue. Subsequently, its lawyer, Elmer Chiu, advised that he did not have “the correct information before him at the pretrial conference” and it was the proper party to sue.
As a result of Mr. Chiu’s “error,” Honey Badgers Brigade was required to seek a motion to amend its claim and was put to the delay of several months in pursuing its lawsuit against Calgary Expo.
It is a rare occasion when a lawyer does not know who his client is. It is even rarer when a lawyer wrongly advises who his client should be and then retracts that representation when that misinformation has already been provided to a Judge of a Court.
Honey Badgers has always wanted swift justice in this court case and has had to jump through hoops to do so, largely as a result of the misrepresentation caused by Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Inc. It has always sought a legal precedent that would establish the legitimacy of its participation in the Calgary Expo in 2015 and seek legal affirmation of that fact to the benefit of diverse and varied groups in that milieu that may have dissident views.
Whether or not Calgary Expo has negligently or wilfully misrepresented its legal identity, the fact is that its conduct has resulted in needless delay, expense, and frustration for Honey Badgers Brigade in their pursuit of justice.
Honey Badgers Brigade will persist in pursuing its claim for justice both against Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Inc. which now admits it was the party that should have been sued and against the U.S.-based internet magazine, The Mary Sue, which Honey Badgers Brigade alleges induced Calgary Expo to breach its contract with it and also engaged in false allegations that caused it financial harm.
Mr. Kopyto's legal career includes cases that affect women’s rights, prisoners’ rights, the rights of the aged and the handicapped and unions’ rights. He has established legal precedents for gays, minorities, disabled persons, tenants, youth, the elderly, working people, poor people and victims of police brutality.
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