Court orders heirs of national to pay Dh370,000 to firm

ABU DHABI — Upholding the verdict of a lower court, the Federal Supreme Court recently ordered the heirs of a UAE national to pay Dh370,000 as compensation to a construction company.

By Adel Arafah (Our staff reporter)

Published: Fri 30 Nov 2007, 8:47 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:41 AM

The heirs illegally prevented the company from completing the construction of a building they inherited though the company had worked on the project for two months.

As per court records, the company filed a lawsuit in the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of First Instance against the heirs demanding payment of Dh2 million in compensation for the two-month construction work it had completed on the building the heirs inherited, besides the cost of the equipment, machinery and material the company was forced to leave behind when the heirs cancelled the project one full year before the contract ended. On their part, the heirs filed a counter petition against the company demanding payment of Dh4 million as damages since, according to them, the company had not completed the work it earlier committed to finish in two months. This delay gave an impression that it would not finish the project on time, they said.

After a three-member expert committee assigned by the court gave its report, the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of First Instance turned down the heirs’ petition, and ordered them to pay the company a compensation of Dh715,000.

The heirs moved the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal, which reduced the compensation to Dh370,000. The case was taken to the Federal Supreme Court, which confirmed the previous judgement, and ordered them to pay court expenses and lawyer charges.

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