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Lemon & Duke And FBD Fail To Resolve Insurance Dispute; Press Up Takes Legal Action Against RSA

By Dave Simpson

The dispute between Dublin's Lemon & Duke pub and FBD Insurance over whether FBD is required to pay for losses resulting from the closure of pubs due to the COVID-19 crisis has not been resolved via mediation and will now be heard in October.

It was reported last month that four cases involving FBD had been entered into the Commercial Court by the operators of Sinnotts and the Leopardstown Inn, both of which are located in Dublin, Sean's Bar of Athlone, and the Lemon & Duke, and that a hearing involving the first three cases had been listed for October 6.

At the time, the Lemon & Duke case had been adjourned for two weeks as mediation talks continued, but the Commerical Court has now heard that those talks have failed and, consequently, the Lemon & Duke case will be heard with the other three cases in October.

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According to The Irish Times, Lemon & Duke is seeking an order directing FBD to indemnify it for losses that it has experienced since it closed on March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lemon & Duke is also reportedly seeking damages on grounds including alleged negligence, breach of duty and breach of contract.

Press Up Versus RSA

Meanwhile, Press Up Entertainment, which runs an assortment of Irish accommodation, food, drink and entertainment venues, has taken legal against RSA Insurance over business interruption insurance.

Press Up has taken the action via a subsidiary that controls Dublin's Devlin hotel.

According to The Irish Times, sources close to the company have said that legal action was taken due to the non-payment of business interruption insurance.

Premier Dale Limited, trading as The Devlin hotel, is the plaintiff in the case while RSA Insurance Ireland DAC, trading as RSA, and Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd have both been named as defendants.

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