Judge rejects dealers’ claims against GM
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.