Thursday, February 4, 2021

$30-million lawsuit vs. lawyer Donald Good settled

A $30-million lawsuit Sweda Farms Ltd. Filed against lawyer Donald Good, his company and two other lawyers involved has been settled out of court.

No information about the settlement are disclosed in court documents ending the case. It’s likely that Good’s insurance company was involved in settling the claims.

The lawsuit filed by Sweda alleges shocking negligence on behalf of Good, his company, Donald Good Professional Corp., AGB Lawyers Professional Corp. and lawyers Bob Morrow and Lisa Anne Lemieux.

Sweda hired Good in 2008 to pursue its lawsuit against Burnbrae Farms Ltd. over a failed deal to sell Sweda’s egg-grading business to Burnbrae.

In 2011 that lawsuit was combined with Sweda’s lawsuits against L.H. Gray and Sons Ltd., the Egg Farmers of Ontario marketing board and its general manager, Harry Pelissero.

But Sweda alleges Good failed to conduct examinations for discovery or to obtain documents from Burnbrae and its associated companies, Burnbrae Holdings Ltd. and Maple Lynn Farms Ltd.

That resulted in the court accepting Burnbrae’s motion to be dropped from the lawsuit because the judge said Sweda (i.e. Good) had failed to provide anything to substantiate its claims against Burnbrae.

The lawsuit against Gray and the egg board remains in place with a different set of lawyers representing Sweda. All of the documents related to that case have been sealed by the courts, pending its outcome.

A treasure trove of those documents is held for the courts by a lawyer in Kitchener.

Good also failed to inform Sweda that it had been added to a court case between Luke Van Aert and Burnbrae. The court ordered Sweda to pay Van Aert $164,000.