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Appleton injunction court hearing underway

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 12:05 PM

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

The matter should have started yesterday but was pushed back to today because of the late serving of certain documents.

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

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.