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Canadian Woman Wins Legal Battle Against Her Drug Dealer

January 10, 2008  | 

A Saskatchewan woman who says she almost died from an overdose of crystal methamphetamine has won a legal victory in a lawsuit against the man she says sold her the drug.

Sandra Bergen is suing Clinton Davey. Earlier this month a Saskatoon judge struck down Davey's statement of defense because the alleged drug dealer refused to answer questions.

The ruling means that Davey cannot dispute liability. The case will now go back to court where damages will be determined.

Bergen was 19 in 2004 when she ODed on crystal meth. She nearly died from a heart attack and spent 11 days in a coma. She still has some chronic conditions because of the overdose. Bergen and her parents filed suit against Davey claiming negligence.

During discovery Davey refused to name his source for the drugs. So the judge threw out his defense.

Bergen is expected to seek more than $50,000 in the case, but she told Canadian media that the case was not about money. Her goal, according to CBC, was to show drug dealers that they stand to lose anything they own in lawsuits. "It's a lot bigger than me," she said. "And it's a lot bigger than this particular drug dealer."

Davey was not available for comment on the case, CBC reported.

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