Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Gloria Connor Trask denied Los Angeles’ motion that would have barred Ontario from seeking those damages and presenting expert testimony on the economic loss to the region, when the city’s case seeking local control of the airport goes to trial Aug. 17.

Ontario is seeking damages on three claims — breach of fiduciary duty, contract, and covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Based on the calculations by Ontario’s expert, the amounts discussed will be in the $1.6 billion to $4 billion range, said Andre Cronthall, an attorney for Ontario.

“Either figure is significant, which isn’t surprising given what has happened to the community by not having a viable airport for several years,” said Roy Goldberg, who is also representing Ontario.

Ontario is also claiming a $69 million loss of tax revenues, from 2007 to the present, due to the downturn in activity at the airport.

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