Toronto couple sued neighbours for $2.5 million over a house renovated to look like theirs




Jason and Jodi Chapnik, who live in a multi-million dollar home on Strathearn Rd.,Forest Hill filed a lawsuit against their neighbours for remodeling a nearby property on Vesta Dr. to look “strikingly similar” to their house.

The Chapniks filed a lawsuit against neighbour Barbara Ann Kirshenblatt, her builder husband and architect brother-in-law for copyright infringement in federal court, as well as the real estate agent who profited from the house’s recent sale and the anonymous contractors who worked on the house.

Kirshenblatt denied copying the look of her neighbours’ home and said the house is actually inspired by Tudor stone cottages, of which multiple photographs were supplied in the statement of defence filed in court.

The allegations were not proven in court. The parties agreed to settle out of court and the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.