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Spanish Hotel Chain Melia Sues Spanish Government For Lockdown Damages

By Dave Simpson

Spain's largest hotel chain, Melia Hotels, has filed a complaint against the Spanish government with an administrative court seeking €116 million in damages incurred due to last year's COVID-19 restrictions, the company said.

A spokesperson for the group said that the claim is related to losses suffered as a result of the government-imposed lockdown between mid-March and late June of 2020, confirming a report by newspaper Expansión.

More than 400 Spanish bars, restaurants and hotels have already filed claims seeking compensation from the government for losses linked to the restrictions, said Humberto Calderon, a lawyer from the firm Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo, which is advising them.

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The amounts claimed by each company are not set yet, and will depend on individual revenue losses during the restrictions, Calderon said.

NH Hotel Group Complaint

Expansión reported that NH Hotel Group has also filed a complaint, though the company declined to comment.

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