INDEPENDENTS TURN ON METRO AND ITS CEO

MONTREAL -- Independent member-merchants of Metro, based here, are suing the grocer and want a judge to force Chief Executive Pierre Lessard to return part of his compensation of almost $32.5 million (Cdn.$50 million) over four years. The company denies any wrongdoing.About 100 owner-shareholders allege in their suit that Lessard and other company executives skirted Metro's constitution and bylaws

MONTREAL -- Independent member-merchants of Metro, based here, are suing the grocer and want a judge to force Chief Executive Pierre Lessard to return part of his compensation of almost $32.5 million (Cdn.$50 million) over four years. The company denies any wrongdoing.

About 100 owner-shareholders allege in their suit that Lessard and other company executives skirted Metro's constitution and bylaws by illegally trying to force them out of the company through changes to the share struc

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