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Appleton sugar factory to remain closed, injunction upheld

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 4:29 PM

J. Wray & Nephew Limited says the Appleton Estate sugar factory in St Elizabeth will have to remain closed after the Court of Appeal this morning upheld an injunction against it.

Appleton says it regrets the decision of the court.

In a statement this morning, J. Wray & Nephew Limited reiterated that it believes the allegations against the company are without merit.

In January, Algix filed a law suit against J. Wray & Nephew accusing it of releasing effluent into rivers which affected its business.

As part of its lawsuit, Algix obtained an injunction which has halted operations at Appleton since January.

Contacted by our news centre, Patrick Foster, one of the attorneys representing J. Wray & Nephew, said he could not comment at this time about what would be the next step for the company as he had not yet received instruction from his client.

However, Foster indicated that the legal team will be strongly defending the case when the matter comes up for trial in September.

He stated that J. Wray & Nephew secured a partial victory today.

The attorney says in making its ruling the appeals court set aside the decision of the Supreme Court to award legal cost to fish producer, Algix Limited, when it obtained the injunction.

J. Wray & Nephew reiterated this morning that the upholding of the injunction by the appeals court will negatively impact Appleton, cane farmers and communities in St Elizabeth, Clarendon and Trelawny.

It also said there is also concern that Jamaica’s sugar export targets for 2016 are also being threatened.