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TSTT and C&W to receive at least TT$80M from Digicel for legal costs

Trinidad - Today Friday 23rd April 2010, DIGICEL was dealt another blow as a result of its failed case against Cable & Wireless and TSTT when the London Chancery Court Judge Justice Morgan, ruled that Digicel has to pay Cable and Wireless and TSTT at least TT$80 Million on account for legal costs.

It was just last week (April 15th) when Justice Morgan delivered a landmark judgement in favour of TSTT and Cable and Wireless in which Digicel’s claim for at least US$50million in damages from TSTT alone, for allegedly delaying Digicel’s interconnection in Trinidad and Tobago was dismissed. Today’s judgement for TT$80 Million in legal costs is only an interim amount and the final sum is to be assessed at a later date by a costing judge.

In last week’s ruling Justice Morgan determined that Digicel failed to establish that it suffered any loss or damage as a result of any action taken by TSTT or that it had any real or substantial chance that interconnection would have been completed before 31 March 2006. While TSTT is pleased that it will be able to recover some of the costs of this litigation, Vice President Legal Lisa Agard noted that it was unfortunate that the company had to expend management and financial resources defending a case brought against it in London. “TSTT is supportive of robust competition in Trinidad and Tobago but Digicel has opted for a litigious approach which, in this case, has resulted in TSTT, C&W and Digicel incurring a combined total of approximately TT$250 Million in legal costs to date.”,Today Friday 23rd April 2010, DIGICEL was dealt another blow as a result of its failed case against Cable & Wireless and TSTT when the London Chancery Court Judge Justice Morgan, ruled that Digicel has to pay Cable and Wireless and TSTT at least TT$80 Million on account for legal costs.

It was just last week (April 15th) when Justice Morgan delivered a landmark judgement in favour of TSTT and Cable and Wireless in which Digicel’s claim for at least US$50million in damages from TSTT alone, for allegedly delaying Digicel’s interconnection in Trinidad and Tobago was dismissed. Today’s judgement for TT$80 Million in legal costs is only an interim amount and the final sum is to be assessed at a later date by a costing judge.

In last week’s ruling Justice Morgan determined that Digicel failed to establish that it suffered any loss or damage as a result of any action taken by TSTT or that it had any real or substantial chance that interconnection would have been completed before 31 March 2006. While TSTT is pleased that it will be able to recover some of the costs of this litigation, Vice President Legal Lisa Agard noted that it was unfortunate that the company had to expend management and financial resources defending a case brought against it in London. “TSTT is supportive of robust competition in Trinidad and Tobago but Digicel has opted for a litigious approach which, in this case, has resulted in TSTT, C&W and Digicel incurring a combined total of approximately TT$250 Million in legal costs to date.”