Lidl takes Irish Farmers Association to court for alleged defamation

Retailer says claims that its own brand milk is not Irish are extremely damaging to its reputation



30 March 2021 | 0

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Lidl Ireland a brought a case before the High Court to refute claims made by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) that it has misled customers and that claims stating its own-brand milk is not Irish is untrue and defamatory

The retailer alleged that the claims made in IFA published advertisements are extremely damaging to its reputation, as are allegations which Lidl says were repeated by senior IFA members in media interviews and on the IFA’s own website.

Lidl wants an injunction to be applied under Section 33 of the 2009 Defamation Act, which would stop the IFA publishing such statements.

Represented by Martin Hayden SC, and Jennifer Goode BL, Lidl stated that its own-brand one-litre milk comes from Arrabawn in Co Donegal, while its two and three-litre milk is supplied by Strathroy in Omagh, Co Tyrone. The retailer’s own-brand milk is sold under the Coolree Creamery brand.

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