Family of GMP Executive Killed in Plane Crash Lose Lawsuit

The family of a GMP Capital Inc. executive killed when his plane crashed in a remote African jungle lost its bid for compensation from the financial services firm.

James Cassley’s wife and parents sued GMP and a potential client, Sundance Resources Ltd., which was exploring mining sites in the Republic of Congo, saying they failed to ensure his safety. London Judge Peter Coulson rejected both claims in a ruling Tuesday, saying the companies weren’t at fault.

The June 2010 crash killed 11 people, including Cassley, 30, and six Sundance directors. It took two days to find the crash site about 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) from Avima in the northwest of Congo.

“This accident occurred due to pilot error,” Coulson said.

Sarah Stewart, a lawyer for the Cassley family, said they were disappointed with the judgment and were considering an appeal. Louise Carroll, a lawyer for Toronto-based GMP, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The Cassley family have already won 600,000 euros ($645,000) from the insurers of the aviation company behind the flight, according to Coulson’s judgment.

The family of another finance professional killed while visiting a remote location with clients won a separate London lawsuit against his employer, StormHarbour Securities LLP, in January. Tomas Dusek died in a 2012 helicopter crash in Peru.

The case is Cassley & Ors v. GMP Securities Europe LLP, High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, HQ13X02001

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