Judge re­jects deal­ers’ claims against GM

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

TORONTO — An On­tario judge has ruled par­tially in favour of a group of for­mer Gen­eral Mo­tors deal­ers but cleared GM Canada of break­ing any law when it gave them a take-it-or-leave-it buy­out of­fer dur­ing a 2009 in­dus­try cri­sis. Judge Thomas McEwen of the On­tario Su­pe­rior Court dis­missed claims for dam­ages sought by both the for­mer deal­ers and GM Canada, but he or­dered a Toron­to­based law firm to pay $45 mil­lion to the deal­ers for breach of con­tract and neg­li­gence in its deal­ings with them at the time. Cas­sels, Brock & Black­well said it plans to ap­peal. The penalty is­sued to the law firm was only a small frac­tion of the mil­lions that were sought by about 180 for­mer deal­ers led by Thomas (Lynt) Hur­d­man, who owned and op­er­ated Tril­lium Mo­tors in Toronto.

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