Sunday 18 August 2019

Jedward didn't try their best to sell goods, court told

John and Edward Grimes arrive at the High Court yesterday. Photo: Collins
John and Edward Grimes arrive at the High Court yesterday. Photo: Collins

Tim Healy

A businessman who is suing Jedward over an alleged merchandising agreement claims the twins did not make their "best efforts" to promote the merchandise.

Patrick Joseph Noonan is claiming total losses of more than €625,000, including some €250,000 for alleged loss of opportunity of selling a Jedward board game to another party.

The High Court case is against twins John and Edward Grimes, both 26, from Dublin and known as Jedward, along with their parents John Grimes and Susanna Condron. All the defendants, represented by Desmond Murphy SC, were in court and deny the claims.

Mr Noonan alleges it was agreed at various meetings from 2011 involving one or other or both parents, allegedly acting as agents of their sons, that he was to be reimbursed for costs relating to sourcing and developing Jedward merchandise, including jigsaws, wristbands, boardgames and a magazine.

His memo of the first meeting at his home in Limerick described the twins as "lovely lads (hyper)". His understanding from that encounter was he would be working for Jedward, they were "the bosses" and he would get paid.

Earlier, Patrick O'Reilly SC said Jedward did not make "best efforts" to promote the merchandise. What is "clear certain" is Mr Noonan paid for all of these items and has not received "one cent" for them, he said.

Merchandise remains stored in a facility in Co Donegal, he added.

The case continues before Mr Justice Donald Binchy.

Irish Independent

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