Court says OSEG business group cannot seek costs against Friends of Lansdowne leaders
The Friends of Lansdowne Legal Challenge achieved an important victory in court Friday December 17th with a ruling that the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group cannot seek cost awards from the two individual applicants. The ruling is based on the idea on that Friends of Lansdowne individual applicants are acting in the public interest. Costs only become an issue be if the suit is frivolous, vexatious or in bad faith--which it is clearly not. OSEG has joined the litigation as an intervener but was denied party status.
The question of the City seeking costs was not addressed on Friday. Friends of Lansdowne will continue to press Mayor Watson and City Council for assurances that it will respect its policy on public interest litigation and not seek costs.
Friday's decision is very positive for the Lansdowne Legal Challenge. We will continue to resist attempts to intimidate us into backing down and intend to move forward with our application to quash the city's decisions on Lansdowne.
See all the legal documents on www.letsgetitright.ca.
Please continue to give generously to support the great work our lawyers are doing on this cause. You can donate on line or by mail to Friends of Lansdowne, c/o Ted Lupinksi CA, 137 Second Ave. Suite 2, Ottawa, K1S 2H4.