A former mayoral candidate from Meaford has been ordered to pay $16,500 in court costs to the Municipality of Meaford and Mayor Barb Clumpus. Ray McHugh’s court appeal regarding election expenses was unsuccessful, so he has been ordered by a superior court judge to pay the legal fees of the other parties who had to defend the case.
Simcoe.com quoted the judge’s note: “Ultimately, I find that Mr. McHugh’s pursuit of this appeal was ill-conceived and without merit,” the justice wrote in his decision. “I do not conclude, however, that is was vexatious or brought with mala fides (bad faith). Mr. McHugh ought to be required to compensate the respondents for their fair and reasonable costs incurred to defend this litigation on a partial indemnity basis.”
Clumpus sought $13,578.54 in legal costs, while the municipality sought $15,504 in costs. The judge ordered McHugh to pay Clumpus $9,000 in legal costs and the municipality $7,500.