A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision will lower the original $45 million in damages Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP was ordered to pay in a 2015 General Motors of Canada Ltd. dealer class action, but the final amount has yet to be determined.
The appeal court’s decision in Trillium Motor World Ltd. v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP was released July 4. Cassels Brock had appealed the original decision, with the appellate judge stating in her decision that the firm “raises legal issues relating to liability, the availability of an aggregate damages award, and the trial judge’s damages assessment.”
As Canadian Lawyer reported in 2015, an Ontario Superior Court judge awarded damages against Cassels Brock for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and professional negligence. Justice Thomas McEwen found Cassels Brock owed contractual and fiduciary duties to some or all of GM Canada dealers in the class.