Retailer litigates with insurer over 2013 store collapse

Maxima Latvija and Tineo, the owner of the shopping center that accommodated the collapsed Maxima store, seek to receive an insurance premium of 5.34 million euros from Ergo Insurance company, reported LETA April 12.

Maxima said it turned to a Vilnius court over Ergo's decision not to pay the premium after the store collapsed in Latvia in November of 2013.

"The companies decided to go to court after the insurance company decided to forgo its commitment and compensate damages after property of Maxima Latvija and Tineo was damaged in a tragic event in Riga in November of 2013 due to design and construction mistakes of third parties. The property was insured at Ergo Insurance in Lithuania," reads a press release.

According to the communique, Maxima Latvija notified Ergo Insurance about the incident back in 2013 and filed an insurance claim, but never received the premium.

Fifty-four persons lost their lives when the roof of the supermarket caved in over shoppers after safety alarms had been triggered without prompting any evacuation.

The tragic disaster led to the resignation of prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis, who assumed responsibility for the poorly-overseen regulatory context that was widely cited as the reason behind the catastrophe.

Latvian prosecutors have listed 263 persons as victims of the Maxima collapse.

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