Posted by Phil Andrews
The city has dropped its lawsuit over protesting acitivities at the site of the Hanlon Creek Business Park.
It was discontinued in January, the Guelph’s city solicitor confirmed Thursday to Mercury reporter Rob O'Flanagan.
“The action was concluded on the basis that it was discontinued without costs,” said Donna Jaques. She explained that “without costs” meant neither party was required to pay the court costs of the other. “The notice of discontinuance has been filed with the court and the matter is now concluded.”
The city, Jaques said, paid $59,276 to external legal council from 2009 to the present on the matter. Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP of Hamilton was the firm. Because the discussion on the discontinuation was in a closed session of city council, and because it was subject to attorney/client privilege, details as to the rationale behind the discontinuation can not be discussed publicly, Jaques said.