25 Sep 2017

Samoa NPF to pay up over unlawful termination 13 years ago

5:16 pm on 25 September 2017

Samoa's Court of Appeal has reinstated compensation of $US1million dollars in a case against the government's National Provident Fund, dating back to 2004.

Apia Construction and Engineering has been fighting a legal battle against the NPF for 13 years.

The court upheld a decision by an arbitrator that the NPF had unlawfully ended the company's contract to build a food court in Apia.

The Appeal Court also ruled that the NPF must pay legal costs of $US50000.

The Court accepted the appellant's legal argument that the Supreme Court, which put aside the award after the respondent had sought further legal proceedings, had no jurisdiction to deal with the arbitrator's decision.