CBC News reports that the New Brunswick Forest Products Commission agreed with J.D. Irving and other companies that the SNB marketing board overstepped its authority when it issued an order saying all wood had to be sold to the board and bought from the board.

According to CBC, JDI and the SNB board have been locked in a dispute for eight years since the company began bypassing the marketing board and requiring landowners to negotiate wood sales on an individual basis. Irving, AV Group and contractors have since expanded the individual or direct contract model to other parts of the province, threatening the future of the entire marketing board system.

The rejection of SNB’s order essentially allows JDI and the other companies to carry on with their preferred purchase practices.

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