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Friday, December 17, 2010

Saskatchewan farm sues Canadian Wheat Board for lost income, defamation

Hudye Farms of Norquay, Saskatchewan has launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).  The action in the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench seeks $247,699 from CWB for loss of income and other expenses.  The action also seeks $10 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty and $15 million in exemplary and punitive damages.  The action seeks a further $25 million in a claim related to alleged defamation resulting from a notice sent out by CWB to Yorkton-area elevators.  The notice specifically named Hudye Farms.

The dispute arises out of a decision by CWB to downgrade 122.5 tonnes of wheat delivered by Hudye.  Hudye had a contract with CWB for delivery of 8,600 tonnes of Canada Western Red Spring Wheat, but CWB found that 122.5 tonnes of the wheat that was delivered contained 23.6 percent 606/Granite wheat, an ineligible variety.

Read an article about the lawsuit at: portageonline.com.