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Pirate Joe's owner Michael Hallatt is being sued by U.S. grocer Trader Joe's.

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Pirate Joe's owner Michael Hallatt is being sued by U.S. grocer Trader Joe's.

Wallin owes $17.6K more

OTTAWA -- Sen. Pamela Wallin's final bill is in -- and it's a whopper.

The embattled Saskatchewan senator and former Conservative caucus member has been ordered to pay back a grand total of $138,970.

She was already on the hook for $121,348 after an independent audit of her travel expenses, which also concluded an additional $21,000 should be reviewed.

The Senate committee that was reviewing those expenses now says Wallin should pay back an extra $17,622.

Wallin has already paid back $38,000, and has promised to repay the rest once ordered to do so by the Senate.

The Senate, meanwhile, has alerted the RCMP to the conclusions of the audit, which dated back to 2009 -- and which Wallin herself has described as being "fundamentally flawed and unfair."

 

'Pirate' grocer faces suit

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver retailer says he is not backing down after U.S. grocery giant Trader Joe's sued him for alleged trademark infringement and false advertising.

Michael Hallatt, who owns a store called Pirate Joe's, resells groceries he buys across the border at Trader Joe's. He says he's catering to Vancouverites who don't want to travel south.

Trader Joe's filed a lawsuit against Hallatt in May alleging his actions harm the company's brand, but Hallatt says he has a right to resell the items. His lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss Trader Joe's complaint.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 A8

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