Sunday 18 February 2018

Jedward merchandise case settled

Jedward with their barrister, Desmond Murphy SC, at the Four Courts yesterday. Photo: Collins
Jedward with their barrister, Desmond Murphy SC, at the Four Courts yesterday. Photo: Collins

Tim Healy

A businessman has settled a legal action against pop star twins Jedward and their parents over an alleged merchandising agreement.

Patrick Joseph Noonan had claimed losses totalling some €625,000, mostly arising from the design and production of Jedward wristbands, jigsaws, boardgames and websites, but including €250,000 for loss of opportunity to sell a Jedward board game to another party.

Identical twins John and Edward Grimes (26), from Dublin, were in court with their estranged parents John Grimes and Susanna Condron when the settlement was announced.

The twins wore identical purple jackets, black tops and black trousers.

Jedward got to the finals of British TV talent show the 'The X Factor' in 2009 and represented Ireland twice in the Eurovision song contest. Yesterday, as the case was due to enter its second day, Mr Justice Donald Binchy was told by Desmond Murphy SC, for the twins, there had been "substantial developments" overnight.

Following an adjournment, the court resumed at noon and Patrick O'Reilly SC, for Mr Noonan, told the court the case had been compromised on confidential terms.

Irish Independent

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