Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
46 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 11, 1974 B.C.'s longest lawsuit faults hydro firm VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia Hydro broke its contract with five construction firms which built the Peace River power dam, Mr. Justice James MacDonald has ruled, ending the longest lawsuit in B.C. history In a 450-page judgment, the B C. Supreme Court judge says the parties will have to settle among themselves how much the companies will get of the million they say B C. Hydro owes them. If settlement is not reached, he says, he will re-open the trial, which started in 1970, and set a figure. But he added: "I will say now that the plaintiffs are not entitled to be paid, as they claim, 'all of the monies ex- pended by them in the perfor- mance of the work, including interest, overhead, financing charges, and a reasonable profit The trial started in September, 1970 and required 396 trial days, compared with the earlier record of 144 days required for the B.C. Power Corporation's suit against the government for the takeover of the B.C. Electric Railway. The plaintiff companies were Northern Construction Co. and J. W. Stewart Ltd., Morrison Knudsen Company of Canada Ltd., Perini Pacific Ltd., and J. A. Jones Construction Co. Ltd., which entered into contract 25 under the name Northern Power Plant Builders. The plaintiff companies claimed during the trial Hydro was responsible for maladministration of the contract and the judge agreed, although he said the fundamental, breach was refusal to pay for the costs of acceleration required to com- plete the project and provide Peace power by 1968. The judgment said that in late May or early June, 1966, Dr. Gordon Shrum, chairman of Hydro, and also of the International Power and Engineering Consultants Ltd., gave the then premier, W. A. C. 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