April 25, 2015 12:39 am
Updated: April 25, 2015 12:47 am

Miss World Canada runner-up sues organizers

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WATCH: A young woman who was first runner-up of the Miss World Canada competition is suing the organizers. Jennifer Palma reports.

A trial is underway in Richmond between a former Miss World Canada runner-up and the pageant organizers.

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“After the first cheque bounced, I knew something was up, and I knew that I wasn’t going to allow something like this to happen to me,” says Tamara Jemuovic. She finished as first runner-up and people’s choice winner in May 2013, but claims Miss World Canada failed to deliver on prizes – including a trip to Las Vegas – and banned her from a Facebook page that she argues would have helped her gain revenue.

She’s suing Miss World Canada for $25,000, but the organization is countersuing for the same amount. They claim she entered another pageant within a year of their event, voiding the contract.

“The way she breached that contract is she entered into another pageant…by entering into another pageant, she was in breach of this contract,” said Mark Carter, lawyer for Miss World Canada CEO Ike Lalji.

The judge in the case has said the trial will need an additional two days, but strongly urged both sides to come to a settlement. None of the claims have been proven in court.

– With files from Jennifer Palma

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