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Germans win leave to claim damages for lost Dome deal


THE GERMAN company originally chosen to install the roof of the Millennium Dome has won its appeal against an earlier decision preventing it claiming compensation for having its contract terminated.

Koch Hightex won the contract to install the roof on the Dome in May 1997. But client New Millennium Experience Company terminated the contract and awarded the job to Japanese-owned Birdair.

Now the German company is claiming £2.25 million in compensation for costs it allegedly incurred.

And the Court of Appeal has dismissed NMEC's case that the company had no obligation to pay Koch Hightex contractual compensation after the contract was terminated.

A New Millennium Experience Company spokeswoman said: 'Notwithstanding the Court of Appeal's judgement, it remains the case that the company was entitled to terminate its contract with the claimants. The dispute reverts to the question of the level of compensation, as before.'

Ted Greeno, of law firm Herbert Smith, which is acting for Koch Hightex, said the German firm would now be seeking compensation for lost profits on the contract.

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