The dispute was based on a complaint filed by Louis Dreyfus back in 2014, during a bumper crop. According to the complaint filed with the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), Louis Dreyfus alleged that CN failed to provide enough rail cars to its grain elevators in Glenavon and Aberdeen, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Joffre and Lyalta, Alberta, Canada, to ship the 2013-14 crop.
The CTA found in favor of Louis Dreyfus, saying CN had breached its level of service obligation to the company for several weeks during the 2013-14 crop year. But CN filed an appeal, citing the impact of the exceptional size of the grain crop and the adverse weather on its operations.
In a Sept. 16 ruling, though, the Federal Court of Appeal sided with the original filing.
“There is no merit in CN’s argument that it was denied procedural fairness,” Justice Wyman Webb wrote in the Sept. 16 ruling.