Court of Appeal refuses the Puerto Miranda Union permission to appeal judgment by the English High Court – Case relating to the Plate Princess closed
On 26 October 2016 at the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Justice Lindblom presided over an oral hearing at which the Puerto Miranda Union requested the Court to reconsider its earlier refusal to grant permission to appeal a July 2015 judgment by the English High Court. The judgment related to claims allegedly arising from the Plate Princess incident which took place in 1997 in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Lord Justice Lindblom went through each of the 14 grounds of appeal presented by the Union’s representative and dismissed each of them in turn. The Judge who had refused permission to appeal on paper in February 2016 had agreed with the earlier decision of the High Court that the 1971 Fund and 1992 Fund had distinct legal personalities. It therefore followed that a judgment against the 1971 Fund was not a judgment against the 1992 Fund as originally claimed by the Puerto Miranda Union.
Lord Justice Lindblom then ordered that the Union’s oral application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal finally be dismissed.
Commenting on the decision, Ms Liliana Monsalve, Head of Claims for the 1992 Fund said:
“We welcome the Court of Appeal’s decision and are pleased that this case can now be finally closed.”