Hoverspeed Wins £2m Booze Cruise Claim

After two years, Hoverspeed gets redress

By TTM on 21 January 2006 in News

Revenue & Customs has agreed to pay Hoverspeed almost £2m to settle a long-running legal dispute over its officers' alleged "heavy-handed" searches of booze cruise customers. The cross-Channel operator, which closed its Dover-Calais route last year, originally filed a claim for £50m damages in 2004, arguing that over-zealous searches were putting off day trippers and hitting its profits. Customs have agreed to pay Sea Containers, Hoverspeed's parent firm, £950,000 plus £850,000 "reasonable costs", adding that the payments were not an admission of liability.

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