The Government of the Virgin Islands has paid in excess of $23 million in lawsuits and settlement claims in the last seven years, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr D Orlando Smith has said.
The Premier made the revelation at last week’s sitting on the House of Assembly.
“Based on our records, the total amount paid in settlement of claims by central government and statutory bodies from November 2011 to 2018 is $23,787,369.84,” Premier Smith said.
The premier said the final figures were not yet determined because some of the matters were still ongoing. He said public ‘comments or disclosures’ on these pending legal matters are “restricted to avoid any influence or prejudice”.
Premier Smith was, at the time, responding to questions from Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie.
The premier, in the meantime, presented a detailed listing of all the concluded settlement claims made against government between November 2011 and 2018, so far.
In a copy obtained by BVI News, some of those claims and settlements included the following.
In 2018, government was made to pay $67,730 in legal costs, $46,000 in damages, and $105,982 in legal fees for Rod Scatliffe, who successfully brought a lawsuit against the state-owned Taxi & Livery Commission.
This year, Neil St Rose sued the police department $38,937.50 (inclusive of legal costs) for ‘false imprisonment’.
In a 2012 high court lawsuit, Ocean Conversion walked away with massive $7,115,205 in a matter against the Office of the Attorney General.
In 2015, EM Watts Development Company Limited, in its case against the government, won $3,304,324.
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