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JPS appeal in exclusive licence matter to be heard today

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 8:46 AM

The Court of Appeal is to begin hearing an application today brought by the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) seeking to overturn a ruling that its exclusive licence is invalid.



The JPS is contending that Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes erred when he made the ruling.



The JPS is also asking the Court of Appeal to set aside the legal costs which Justice Sykes had awarded to the claimants, Dennis Meadows, Betty Ann Blaine and Cyrus Rousseau.



Their attorney has filed a bill of costs amounting to $24 million.



In 2012, high electricity costs had led disgruntled customers to challenge the exclusive licence granted to JPS by the person who was the minister of energy in 2001.



In his July 2012 ruling, Justice Sykes regarded as invalid the terms of the JPS all-island electric licence, which granted it the exclusive right to transmit electricity.



He also ruled that Section 3 of the Electric Lighting Act does not permit the energy minister to grant a licence on an exclusive basis.



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