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A row of pubs in Kilkenny, Ireland. (Photo: Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock) A row of pubs in Kilkenny, Ireland. (Photo: Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock)

On February 5, Ireland’s High Court ruled in favor of four publicans (pubs) in a lawsuit again their insurer, FBD Insurance, the largest Irish-owned insurance company, for not covering business losses sustained during government-mandated shutdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Pubs in Ireland have been shut down for much of the last ten months and were required to comply with stringent restrictions — particularly establishments that did not serve food. FBD provided insurance to hundreds of pubs in Ireland through 1,300 different iterations of the same policy at issue.

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