Events Organizer Ordered To Reimburse Aburg Chamber

A partial victory for the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce in its lawsuit against an events organizer.

A deputy judge in Windsor ruled the chamber proved its case against 'Ian France Entertainment and Events Inc.' when it alleged France over-inflated expenses submitted to the chamber for organizing the Mardi Gras Festival in July 2015.

As a result,  France must reimburse the chamber $8,607 plus another $1,875 for other legal fees.

The chamber signed the contract believing France would get better prices from suppliers for items such as sound, lighting and security.

The judge ruled France's testimony was troubling in that he didn't tell the chamber about marking up prices.

The chamber alleged France was being deceitful, dishonest, and fraudulent but France denied any wrongdoing.

The ruling followed a three day trial.

Outside of Superior Court in Windsor, Chamber President Chris Gibb was pleased.

"The chamber of commerce is very happy with the judge's decision," he says "It is what we feel was the right decision."

He went on to say, "We are very happy with it, it has been a long road and we are glad that is over."

The chamber was also looking for punitive damages and other costs which the judge rejected.