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NTCS loses legal battle

Published:Friday | May 9, 2008 | 3:57 PM

The government has won its 10 year legal battle with the National Transport Cooperative Society\'s (NTCS), Ezroy Millwood, over breaches of a bus franchise agreement.

This followed the Government\'s 2001 take-over of the public transportation system in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region in a bid to rationalise the sector.

In 2003, an arbitration panel led by retired Court of Appeal Judge, Boyd Carey ruled that a $4.5 billion award be set aside for damages.

However, this ruling was overturned a year later in the Supreme Court by Justice Patrick Brooks, who also ruled that the NTCS pay the government\'s legal fees.

Deputy Solicitor General, Patrick Foster who represented the government, said the Court of Appeal will give its reasons in writing for today’s ruling on June 6.

Mr. Millwood said he would be seeking legal advice on whether to pursue the case further at the level of the Privy Council.

In June 2004, the $4.5 billion award, which would have been applicable for the years 1995 to 2001, would have amounted to $8 billion.

The NTCS was responsible for providing public transportation up to March 2005, but this ended in 2001.