Tuesday, December 19, 2006

$75,000-$100,000 in Metis public money! For what?

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post, "Welcome back www.ptlaw.mb.ca!"

Good to see ol' Murray T. was able to finally make his payments. Guess the MNC were a little more miffed at him than we thought, eh? The real scary question is what he had to do to get the rest of his money from them!
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Dear Anonymous:

Thank your for writing. You've raised several very interesting points:

(1) The lawsuit by Plaintiffs Metis National Council Secretariat Inc. and Clement Chartier on behalf of the Metis National Council and the Metis National Council against The Honourable W. Yvon Dumont was an incredibly ill advised and conceived action!

(2) There were multiple attempts by Defendant Dumont to settle prior to going to trial all of which were rejected. The Plaintiffs decided to roll the dice and lost - BIG TIME!

(3) During the five day trial it was most evident on more than one occasion Court of Queen's Bench Justice John Menzies' patience was wearing rather thin with Counselor Trachtenberg. The Plaintiffs are now on the hook for all legal costs. How much? Mr. Trachtenberg invoices at a minimum of $250/hour! Then there's Anders Bruun and Jeff Niederhoffer's fees. An educated guess $75,000-$100,000!

(4) Paragraph [63] of Justice Menzies' 22 page judgment handed down July 5, 2006 states:

The action against Dumont is therefore dismissed. If the parties cannot agree as to costs, this matter can be scheduled before me for a determination of entitlement and quantum. I would expect counsel requesting an order of costs to provide me with the particulars of the costs being requested prior to any hearing so that I may review the request prior to argument.

(5) An online search of Court of Queen's Bench File Registry (www.jus.gov.mb.ca Case Number CI 05-01-42919) shows no appeal has been launched nor request for Justice Menzies to rule on costs. This would seem to suggest Murray Norman Trachtenberg has had to go before the Plaintiffs and advise them of the amount owed. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall!

(6) Can you imagine what the federal government which funds the Plaintiffs must think knowing public money was used to finance such a frivolous, silly lawsuit against someone who has done so much for his people?

(7) Think of what could have been accomplished had these dollars been applied to a desperately needed Metis-Aboriginal Women's Drop-In Centre/Shelter on Selkirk Avenue for those trying to beat the streets!

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