Thursday 14 December 2017

Electric Picnic row goes to court in 2014

Tim Healy

THE bitter dispute between music promoter John Reynolds and the Electric Picnic Festival operating company is expected to be heard before the Commercial Court early next year.

The dispute is over a series of issues relating to handling of the annual event.

Tickets for the 2014 Festival will go on sale this month but, as a result of a number of matters and what Mr Justice Peter Kelly described as the under-estimation by the parties of the time required for legal disclosure (discovery) of documents, the case cannot be heard before the end of this year.

Both sides say they are anxious for the dispute to be speedily resolved and they blamed each other for delays when the matter came before the judge yesterday for case management purposes.

The court heard that the delays arose due to factors including a failed mediation of the dispute and the need to hold a hearing to decide whether the court should first determine a preliminary issue concerning liability.

In those and other circumstances, the case has been unable to move on.

But the sides have now agreed a timeline related to the exchange of legal documents required for the hearing to decide liability.

That process will continue into early February.

After that, a trial date is expected to be finalised.

Irish Independent

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