A group of youths entered a vacant apartment to finish drinking their beer.

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A group of youths entered a vacant apartment to finish drinking their beer.

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A group of youths entered a vacant apartment to finish drinking their beer. They locked the door behind them with a chain lock. A caretaker noticed their presence and when they refused to let him in he called the police. All but one of the youths, named John James, ran away.

William Fong borrowed Phillip Chang’s IBM laptop computer to complete a major report he had for geography. On the way to return it to his friend, he accidentally dropped it on the pavement causing $1000 in damages. William agreed to pay him for the repairs. Two months have gone by and Phillip still has not received the money to repair it.

Wilma Thorn, while driving in a snowstorm, became stranded in a snowbank. She noticed Lee’s cottage nearby where she could get some help and maybe shelter. Upon knocking on the door and no one answering, she broke in hoping to find a telephone. Unfortunately, the telephone lines were down. She then started a fire in the wood-burning stove to keep warm and fell asleep. While she was sleeping a fire started on the roof and the roof burnt down causing $35,000 in damages. She was arrested.

During the Second World War, Canadian citizens of Japanese, German, and Italian heritage were interned in prison camps for fear that they would take a risk to Canada and the Allied War effort by acts of sabotage. Forty years later groups representing these ethnic groups sued the Canadian Government for lost livelihood, income, pain, and suffering since their basic human rights were violated.

i) Is this a case of public law, private law, or both? Why?

ii) Which sub-classification is it?

iii) Where would the case be heard and why?

iv) How would the case be cited?

v) What would be the outcome of the case?

vi) What kind of damages would you award if any, and how much?

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