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Hearing into Appleton Estates injunction for court today

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 10:23 AM

The hearing into the challenge to the injunction which has halted operations at the Appleton Estates in St Elizabeth is expected to begin today in the Court of Appeal.

Last month, the court granted J. Wray & Nephew, which operates Appleton, an expedited hearing after it argued that the injunction is negatively impacting the Estates.

J. Wray & Nephew also contended that its inability to operate Appleton Estates has had a negative economic impact on its hundreds of employees, cane cutters and haulage contractors.

The company further argued that Appleton produces 22 per cent of the national target for the export of sugar and the closure of the factory will be disastrous for the entire sugar industry.

The injunction was granted to fish producer, Algix Jamaica Limited, by the Supreme Court in January as part of a lawsuit filed against J. Wray & Nephew.

The order bars Appleton Estates from discharging effluent that does not meet trade standards into two rivers in the parish pending the resolution of the lawsuit.

Algix has argued that effluent from Appleton Estates was entering its fish farm and that this has affected its business.

The company is seeking compensation from J. Wray & Nephew.