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High Court To Decide In July How Much FBD Insurance Has To Pay Four Pubs Involved In Case About Compensation For COVID-19-Related Business Interruption

Published on Jun 4 2021 10:10 AM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub tagged: Trending Posts / Sean's Bar / Lemon & Duke / Sinnotts / Leopardstown Inn / FBD Insurance

High Court To Decide In July How Much FBD Insurance Has To Pay Four Pubs Involved In Case About Compensation For COVID-19-Related Business Interruption

The High Court will reportedly decide in July how much FBD Insurance has to pay the four pubs involved a case about compensation for COVID-19-related business interruption.

Case Details

A dispute started last year between the owners of Sinnotts, the Leopardstown Inn and the Lemon & Duke of Dublin and Sean's Bar of Athlone and FBD over whether the insurer should pay for losses that the pubs experienced due to COVID-19-related closures, and the four pubs entered cases over the dispute into the Commercial Court in May of 2020.

The High Court declared in February of 2021 that the owners of the four pubs are entitled to be compensated by FBD for COVID-19-related business disruption.

FBD subsequently increased its business interruption provision for its exposure to pub claims.

As reported by The Irish Examiner, it was also ruled that the four pubs are entitled to their legal costs, but not on the highest scale that they had sought.

According to The Irish Examiner, two weeks in July have been set aside in the High Court for a hearing to decide what amount should be paid to the four pubs, and Mr. Justice McDonald said that, due to the demand on the Commercial Court list and a lack of judicial resources, he will only be available to hear the matter for two weeks, and it will not be possible for the court to allocate a third week to the case this legal term, which ends at the end of July.

As noted by The Irish Examiner, the test actions in the case were taken by Aberken trading as Sinnotts Bar, Hyper Trust Ltd trading as The Leopardstown Inn, Inn on Hibernian Way Ltd trading as Lemon & Duke in Dublin and Leinster Overview Concepts Ltd, which is the owner of Sean's Bar.

The court reportedly heard that progress is being made between the parties on a number of issues that arose out of the proceedings including final orders from its previous judgments, costs and issues related to the quantum hearing.

Hearing Start Date

According to The Irish Examiner, the hearing about the issue of quantum will begin on July 6.

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