A group of landowners who unsuccessfully sued a wind power developer and the farm corporation that leased it land have been ordered to pay legal costs of $107,370.78.
The 21 landowners near Collingwood sued wpd Canada Corp. and Beattie Brothers Farms for more than $17 million over the plans to develop the wind farm, arguing that it had decreased their property values.
Madam Justice S.E. Healey dismissed the action, ruling that while the landowners’ property value may have been diminished, it was not caused by any misconduct by wpd or Beattie Brothers.
Actually this last bit is misleading. It is fairer to say that the judge offered no opinion on whether the property values may have been diminished, but decided that, regardless, the developer had not engaged in misconduct. I wrote about the decision at greater length here.