Saturday October 24, 2020

Future of hundreds of pubs could depend on test case, court hears

More than 1,110 publicans had the same business interruption insurance policy from FBD as plaintiffs, counsel says

6th October, 2020
Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney, co-owners of Lemon & Duke in Dublin, one of the pubs at the centre of the FBD test case. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The outcome of a test case currently before the Commercial Court could be the difference between hundreds of pubs surviving or going out of business, the court has heard.

This morning Mr Justice Denis McDonald began hearing the case taken against FBD by four pub groups over the non-payment of business interruption insurance claims in relation to closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The four groups are: the Inn on Hibernian Way Ltd, trading as...

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