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ICTSI “pleased the court affirmed the jury’s findings.” — BW FILE PHOTO

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) on Monday said a court in the United States had reduced to $19 million from $93.6 million the award in damages that International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) was supposed to pay the company.

“We are pleased the court affirmed the jury’s findings that the ILWU engaged in illegal actions for five years and that these actions directly caused ICTSI Oregon, Inc.’s damages,” ICTSI Oregon, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer Elvis Ganda was quoted as saying in a disclosure to the stock exchange on Monday.

He added: “However, we are disappointed in the court’s opinion that ICTSI Oregon, Inc. only suffered $19 million in damages rather than the $93.6 million the jury awarded after hearing all the evidence during the two week trial.”

He said the company was considering “all options” in its continuing efforts “to hold the ILWU accountable and obtain justice.”

ICTSI announced in November last year that a court in Oregon, United States had awarded $93.6 million to ICTSI Oregon, Inc. after it ruled in favor of the company in a case it filed against ILWU and ILWU Local 8 “for unlawful labor practices.”

ICTSI Oregon and Port of Portland inked a lease agreement in 2010 to run the container facility at Terminal 6.

However, disputes with the ILWU had brought operations at Terminal 6 to a standstill for more than a year.

The company’s problems began in June 2012 when the ILWU leaders wanted their members to be assigned the jobs involving handling of refrigerated containers, which have been done by Port electricians since 1974.

This led to both parties filing court cases, while ILWU members began work stoppages and slowdowns at Terminal 6.

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