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Norway – Adecco loses court battle

28 November 2013

Adecco Helse (Health) Norway has lost its court bid to dismiss claims from a Norwegian municipality that it owes them NOK 33 million (€4.1 million), reports siste.no. Following an investigation into Adecco’s administration of a nursing home contract, the municipality of Klæbu in Sør-Trøndelag cancelled the contract and took over running the home.

The municipality is claiming that the cost of taking over the running of the nursing home, following the breach of contract, cost the community NOK 33 million. Klæbu, two miles south of Trondheim, consists of 6,000 residents and has an annual budget for 2013 of NOK 219 million (€26.5 million).

The court judgement ruled that Adecco has to pay the municipality NOK 12.9 million (€1.6 million).

Despite not winning compensation for the full NOK 33 million, Klæbu Mayor Jarle Gundersen Martin is pleased to have succeeded. “It shows that we did the right thing when we cancelled the agreement with Adecco, and 12.9 million is a lot in a community where every penny counts,” he added.

Adecco has not yet decided whether or not they will appeal the verdict. 

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