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German court denies lawsuit for economic losses in pandemic


German court denies lawsuit for economic losses in pandemic

Berlin, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Germany´s Federal Court of Justice (BGH) denied a demand for economic losses during the "critical" Covid-19 period, a fact that may create a precedent in the country.

The request was brought by a hotel and restaurant owner against the Bradenburg (northeast) State before Germany´s highest court of ordinary jurisdiction.

The affected parrty suspended the services in the European spring of 2020 when the government ordered the lockdown to avoid the Covid-19 spread.

However, presiding judge Ulrich Herrmann explained that helping the economic sectors affected by the pandemic is not a State responsibility.

On their side, judges considered that the government met its obligations by implementing aid programs.

For this reason, those affected by the lockdowns to stop the Covid-19 spread do not have right to a state compensation for income loss, the BGH said.

In this regard, the sentence will serve as an example for future similar proceedings, as regional courts are generally guided by previous rulings and there are still many cases pending in the entire country, according to Herrman.

German authorities brought public life to a standstill in March, 2020 because of the Covid-19 impact.

From that date on, gastronomy closed for a long time, only take-away products were sold and hotels stopped hosting tourists.


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