Judge rules in Mayor’s le­gal fee case

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourh­ood News -

For­mer Rich­mond Hill may­oral can­di­date Sridhar Methuku has been or­dered to pay $48,447 of Dave Bar­row’s le­gal fees, says Charles Loop­stra lawyer for Mr. Bar­row.

Ac­cord­ing to Charles Loop­stra, the On­tario Su­pe­rior Court of Jus­tice re­cently awarded his client, Dave Bar­row ap­prox­i­mately 50 per cent of his le­gal costs to be paid by Sridhar Methuku. Ac­cord­ing to Loop­stra he had asked for roughly 90 per cent of the ac­tual costs in­curred, be­cause the al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing by the mayor were not proven in the Sept. 12th case. The judge states in his rul­ing that the mo­tion (put for­ward to the Town’s Bud­get Com­mit­tee of the Whole on April 11, 2013 by Coun­cil­lor Per­relli) had “as its sole pur­pose, the cre­ation of an ap­pear­ance of im­pro­pri­ety” on the part of the re­spon­dent ( Mayor Bar­row).

Loop­stra says that “if he doesn’t win the elec­tion [Bar­row] may have a sub­stan­tial defama­tion ac­tion against a num­ber of peo­ple.”

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