Media and recent cases

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Media & Recent cases

Horse International: Equine cloning: the legal aspects

By europeanequinelawyers | August 15, 2017

In this issue of Horse International’s Legal and Veterinary Journal we take a look with our readership into cloning of horses and its legal implications. This article provides useful overview on the approach adopted within various jurisdiction worldwide approach cloning. In 2012 the FEI lifted the ban on cloned horses in international competition. Almost a […]

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PRACTICAL TIPS – FEI DOPING CASES

By europeanequinelawyers | August 14, 2017

The article below was published in Horse Times. In this edition of HT our legal experts discuss some of their thoughts on doping cases. In their daily practice they often represent athletes and horse owners in doping cases, pending for instance, before the FÉDÉRATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE (THE “FEI”). In this article the experts examine the […]

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The Control of Horses Act 2015 (CHA 2015): Question and answer on UK equine queries

By europeanequinelawyers | August 14, 2017

The Control of Horses Act 2015 (CHA 2015) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. It amends the Animals Act 1971 (AA 1971) to give local authorities, freeholders and occupiers of land in England the power to deal more efficiently with fly-grazing horses. The amendments came into force on 26 May 2015. The definition of […]

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Article Horse International: Some thoughts on dopingcases

By europeanequinelawyers | July 10, 2017

In this edition of Horse International we would like to discuss with our readership some thoughts on doping cases. Tweet

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The horse I’ve purchased turns out to be a cribber, what to do now?

By europeanequinelawyers | July 3, 2017

Stable vices such as cribbing (and also air sucking) appear quite often with horses. This even appears with horses which are further healthy. It is a nasty habbit which you, being the owner of the horse, most definitely would not accept. Whenever cribbing is mentioned in this article this should be understood as being air […]

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Recent FEI doping case of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers

By europeanequinelawyers | June 6, 2017

The defence team consisting of Mr Piotr Wawrzyniak of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers and the co-counsel Ms Lisa Lazarus, Esq. successfully represented a Saudi Olympic Equestrian in controlled medication proceedings before the FEI Tribunal. The cases involved triamcinolon acetonide usage. Despite the fact that the athlete observed the withdrawal / detection period of the medication as […]

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Dutch judge declares to be competent in an International Equine dispute between Dutch principal and an Italian Architect and Italian Interior decorator

By europeanequinelawyers | June 6, 2017

The Court of Oost-Brabant has made a decision in an interim judgement during a court procedure between a Dutch equine business owner and her Italian counter parties with regards to her competence in this matter. The case concerns the performance of an agreement with regards to contracting of work in the Netherlands. The equine business owner […]

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Court rules in favour of client Schelstraete Equine Lawyers in case of sold horse with fleeing behavior

By europeanequinelawyers | May 31, 2017

On the 17th of May 2017 the Court of Midden-Nederland came to a final decision in a litigation procedure which was started by the buyer of an Icelandic mare. Schelstraete represented the seller in this case. The buyer stated that the horse is showing fleeing behaviour, is suffering from a defect on the eye as well […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyer’s client wins case about sold horse with back problems

By europeanequinelawyers | May 31, 2017

The case revolves around the purchase of a horse by Schelstraete’s client which took place about the 28th of August 2013. After several months the buyer contacted the client stating that the horse has back problems and that the horse was no longer suitable for the dressage sport. The buyer demanded that the client would […]

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Health Certificate Cross Border Horse Transports No Longer Needed

By europeanequinelawyers | May 24, 2017

The countries Belgium, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France signed on the 15th of May a memorandum of agreement concerning the transport of horses. This in consequence of a new initiative of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food-chain (FAVV in Belgium). The main idea behind this agreement is to […]

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EUAEL now on Equnews.nl

By europeanequinelawyers | May 16, 2017

Together with our Belgian and Dutch Alliance Partners; Beelen Lawyers and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, EUAEL now has its own Section on Equnews.nl. Placement on the Belgian version of the website (equines.be) will be affective shortly. View the section on Equnews.nl (on the right, approximately in the middle of the webpage) Tweet

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Gattiker Rechtsanwälte (EUAEL’s Swiss Alliance Partner) Joined The Law Firm Lanter Attorneys & Tax Advisors In Zurich, Switzerland

By europeanequinelawyers | May 16, 2017

Gattiker Law was founded in 2013 by Dr. Monika Gattiker, who has specialised in healthcare and life sciences as well as in equine law for the last 15 years. This law boutique was recently on the list of 600 top law offices in Switzerland (top 20 in Healthcare and Life Sciences) of the Swiss Financial […]

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A Swiss buyer of a show jumper in Belgium triumphs in litigation procedure against a Belgian veterinarian

By europeanequinelawyers | May 10, 2017

The in Switzerland located client of Beelen Advocaten in Leuven and Schelstraete Advocaten in the Netherlands had a pre-purchase vet check performed by a veterinarian located in Belgium. The horse in question was an expensive show jumper which was clinically and radiographically examined by the veterinarian. The vet check took place on June the 4th […]

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New Alliance partners in Germany and Sweden

By europeanequinelawyers | May 3, 2017

European US Asian Equine Lawyers proudly presents two new Alliance Partners in Europe. The German law firm; Berner Fischer & Partner is located in Verden (in the North of Germany) and was founded in 1912. Our new Swedish partner; Gulliksson has branches in Malmö, Lund, Stockholm,  Göteborg and Helsingborg. Both partners are very solid and respectable law firms with […]

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Seizure of a horse on Criminal Law grounds remains in effect

By europeanequinelawyers | May 3, 2017

In the Netherlands there is a possibility for the public prosecutor to seize goods which are related to criminal offences. Recently the public prosecutor has made use of this possibility and seized a horse. Three other parties complained against the seizure now that they claimed that they were the owner of that particular horse. The […]

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Luc Schelstraete participates at 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour

By europeanequinelawyers | May 1, 2017

On the 27th of April 2017, Luc Schelstraete participated at the 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour — Sino Europe Industry Exchange Seminar. Luc was asked to speak about the Legal aspects of Equine Business. For more info, contact: L.Schelstraete@schelstraete.nl Tweet

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Pony with permanent tendon issues sold as a top class sport pony, Schelstraete (EUAEL Alliance Partner) reaches a very advantageous settlement

By europeanequinelawyers | April 11, 2017

Schelstraete Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has reached a very advantageous settlement in a case regarding a pony which due to frequent tendon issues is no longer suitable to serve as a sport pony. By reaching the settlement the client not only receives a refund of the purchase price but also compensation for nearly all the […]

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Amendment to law for horse sales highlights the importance of equine law knowledge – Gulliksson (EUAEL Alliance Partner)

By europeanequinelawyers | April 5, 2017

The Swedish Parliament’s Committee on Civil Affairs has decided that the Consumer Sales Act must be amended regarding the sale of live animals. “Trading in animals is always a specialised area, but with horses, you have the professional sports angle – where one animal could ruin an entire career if it fails to meet expectations. […]

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Introduction – European US Asian Equine Lawyers

By europeanequinelawyers | March 21, 2017

I am honoured and pleased that so many outstanding Law Offices showed their interest in our new Alliance:  EUROPEAN-US-ASIAN EQUINE LAWYERS. In the last decade the Equine Industry has been growing ever since. Also the International horse deals keep increasing annually. My firm, Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, focuses her practice on the International clients as a […]

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Court of Leuven has ruled in favour of client Beelen Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) in case of horse with behavioral issues

By europeanequinelawyers | January 31, 2017

Recently the Court judged that the claim of a client of Beelen Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) is to be awarded since the horse in question was showing behavioural issues. An amateur buyer purchased a show jumper from a professional dealer. After delivery the horse showed resistant behaviour during the jumps. The Court ruled that the […]

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Mr. Van der Vaart and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client: Mr. Hervas Ascencio ended their dispute with regards to the horses Let it be VDV and Cyrano VDV.

By europeanequinelawyers | January 24, 2017

In August 2015 a dispute arose between Mr. Van der Vaart, the owner of the largest share in the horse Let it Be VDV and Cyrano VDV Z, and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client: Mr. Hervas Ascencio, the trainer and co-owner of the horses with regards to – among others – the training […]

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The Court of Gelderland judged in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client on the 11th of January 2017

By europeanequinelawyers | January 23, 2017

In 2013 a client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner)  sold a horse to a buyer based in the U.S.. After delivery to the buyer the horse showed resistant behaviour. The buyer therefore stated that the horse did not comply to the agreement.  Our client contested this after which the buyer summoned the seller to […]

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Legal Rights of a buyer against a seller of a horse in England that goes lame

By europeanequinelawyers | January 23, 2017

Under English law horses are treated as being goods and the law relating to the sale of goods applies to them. The law regards the purchase of a horse as being a purchase of an unknown quantity. As a general rule the principle “caveat emptor” (“let the buyer beware”) will apply and, therefore, the buyer […]

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Joint venture P.C. WOO and Zhonglun law firm

By europeanequinelawyers | December 14, 2016

On Wednesday the 7th of December, Luc Schelstraete was invited to Zhenzen at the opening/ fusion meeting of the joint venture of Hong-Kong office P.C. WOO and China mainland office Zhonglun. Luc attended the interesting meeting which was part of the GLA (Global Legal Alliance).   Tweet

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Article Horse International: THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF EQUINE LOCOMOTOR PATHOLOGY

By europeanequinelawyers | December 9, 2016

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Article Horse International: Legal and Veterinary journal

By europeanequinelawyers | November 22, 2016

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Schelstraete Lawyers receives invitation for Global Legal Alliance Conference

By europeanequinelawyers | November 14, 2016

Schelstraete Advocaten, The Dutch member of the Global Legal Alliance (GLA), will participate in the annual conference in Hong Kong and Shenzhen from the 5th to the 7th of December 2016. GLA is a not-for-Profit Organisation which commits to bring together the best of legal service providers for some roundtable discussions on the development of international […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) achieved settlement in a case regarding a non-conforming pony

By europeanequinelawyers | October 31, 2016

Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has achieved a favourable settlement on behalf of her client in a case regarding a non-conforming pony. By reaching this settlement she did not only receive a refund of the purchase price, but they also received compensation for a part of the expenses which were made for the pony. The […]

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Court in The Hague has ruled in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client with regards to arguments on the ownership of several horses

By europeanequinelawyers | October 26, 2016

On October the 18th 2016 the Court of The Hague came to a judgement with regards to an argument between the client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) and his ex-partner on the ownership of several horses. The client entered a divorce procedure. One of the subjects in this procedure was the ownership of the […]

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US client wins case from Belgian horse dealer concerning the horse’s character

By europeanequinelawyers | October 18, 2016

Our client, a consumer buyer from the US, purchased a showjumper from a Belgian horse dealer. Soon after the horse arrived in the US it started to misbehave and refused to jump. Because of this our client decided to start a legal procedure in front of the Belgian Court in Leuven in order to return […]

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Press release regarding the case of the Ukrainian judges Mrs Irina Shulga, Mrs Maria Dzhumadzuk and the National Equestrian Federation of Ukraine against the FEI

By europeanequinelawyers | October 11, 2016

Messrs. Luc Schelstraete and Piotr Wawrzyniak of European Equine Lawyers, with the head office in the Netherlands, represent Mrs Irina Shulga, Mrs Maria Dzhumadzuk and the National Federation of Ukraine in the appeal proceedings against the FEI before the FEI Tribunal in Lausanne. Just to remind our  Mrs Shulga and Mrs Dzhumadzuk have been accused by […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) succesfully claims compensation in an indemnification procedure.

By europeanequinelawyers | October 6, 2016

A client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) bought a trailer back in 2013 from a North Irish corporation and resold it to a Macedonian corporation. When the Macedonian buyer wanted to cross the Hungarian-Romanian border the trailer was confiscated now that it was reported stolen at Interpol. The Macedonian buyer held the client liable, which […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client triumphs at the Court of Zeeland-West-Brabant

By europeanequinelawyers | October 4, 2016

On September the 21st the Court of Zeeland-West-Brabant decided that the plaintiff has been declared inadmissible with regards to the claims against Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) clients. After the client has been summoned to Court, they submitted a written defence against the claim. One of the crucial statements was that there was no contractual […]

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Court of Middelburg rejects the claim of counter party of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client regarding the stabling and training of the horse

By europeanequinelawyers | October 3, 2016

A German client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) faced litigation initiated by a Dutch dressage stable that claimed payments regarding the stabling and training of a horse that the German client bought from the Dutch dressage stable. Shortly after the delivery the German client brought the horse back to the stable because the […]

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Court of Limburg rules in favour of client Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner)

By europeanequinelawyers | August 24, 2016

On the 17th of August 2016 the Court of Limburg has made a decision in a case which was brought before Court by a client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner). In this case the client purchased a horse, which shortly after the purchase showed dangerous behaviour when the horse was ridden. At a veterinarian examination […]

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Client of Schelstraete Advocaten wins its case at the KWPN Arbitration Committee

By europeanequinelawyers | August 22, 2016

On August 1st 2016 the Arbitration Committee of the KWPN has ruled in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner). In this case the client of Schelstraete sold a horse. Several months after the sale of the horse the buyer turned to the seller claiming that there was a hidden shortcoming now that the horse […]

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Claim of counter party was rejected due to the wrong party being summoned to court

By europeanequinelawyers | August 18, 2016

In a legal procedure at the Court of Midden-Nederland concerning the sale of a horse Schelstraete has successfully pleaded that her client was not the selling party. On August the 3th 2016 the Court decided to reject the claim of the counterparty. Client was represented in this procedure by Mr. Schelstraete and Mr. Zitman. Read […]

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Claim of counter party was rejected due to the wrong party- Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client- being summoned to court

By europeanequinelawyers | August 17, 2016

In a legal procedure at the Court of Midden-Nederland concerning the sale of a horse Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has successfully pleaded that her client was not the selling party. On August the 3th 2016 the Court decided to reject the claim of the counterparty. Client was represented in this procedure by Mr. […]

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Contractor violates duty to warn its customer client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner), during the construction of an equestrian surface (continuation)

By europeanequinelawyers | August 17, 2016

On January the 29th 2016 AN ARTICLE was published on Schelstraete’s website regarding a legal procedure at the Court of Oost-Brabant on the construction of an Equestrian Surface. In this matter  the Court decided on the 13th of January 2016 in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client that the contractor violated its duty to warn its […]

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Article Horse International: Consumer protection in europe

By europeanequinelawyers | August 15, 2016

LEGAL  AND VETERINARY JOURNAL: CONSUMER PROTECTION IN EUROPE Mr. L.M. Schelstraete: Active in the fields of company law and equine law.  Within the equine law practice, Luc Schelstraete provides services to Dutch yet often also foreign equine businesses, riders, horse owners and equine authorities. In this edition of Horse International we would like to discuss an interesting case of […]

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Article Horse International: Chinese Equestrianism leaping forward

By europeanequinelawyers | July 25, 2016

Mr. L.M. Schelstraete Active in the fields of company law and equine law. Within the equine law practice, Luc Schelstraete provides services to Dutch yet often also foreign equine businesses, riders, horse owners and equine authorities. Mr Luc Schelstraete and Mr Piotr Wawrzyniak of European-US Asian Equine Lawyers attended the first Sino-European Exchange Seminar on equine […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) successfully argues dispute about consumer sale

By europeanequinelawyers | July 24, 2016

On July 16, 2014, the Cantonal Court of Limburg ruled on an interesting case concerning a consumer sale. In this case a professional rider sued  a trading barn because they supposedly sold and delivered a horse that showed defects. In addition, the rider stated that he bought the horse as a consumer and therefore could […]

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Client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) triumph at the Court in Alkmaar

By europeanequinelawyers | July 18, 2016

In September 2013 two clients of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) sold a horse. Several months after the sale the buyer notified the clients that the horse which was sold was suffering from thrombosis at the moment of delivery which would make the horse unsuitable for jumping competitions. Our cliënts disputed the aforementioned statement. […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) cliënts triumphs in a preliminary injunction regarding embryo’s

By europeanequinelawyers | July 16, 2016

Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has succesfully represented two buyers of embryo’s in a preliminary injunction against the seller at the Court of Zeeland-West-Brabant. The reason behind the procedure was that the buyers already paid substantial amounts for the embryo’s without receiving all embryo’s. According to the decision of the judge the seller is […]

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Client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner), a Dutch seller of three expensive dressage horses, wins again the lawsuit against a foreign buyer.

By europeanequinelawyers | June 16, 2016

In a dispute regarding a purchase of three dressage horses (value 1,8 Million euros) the Court of Den Bosch issued on1 June 2016 its final decision dismissing the buyer’s claims. It must be noted that prior to this law suit the foreign buyer and its stakeholder, a internationally well-known dressage amazon, initiated several proceedings in […]

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Counterparty pays a large sum of money to client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner)

By europeanequinelawyers | June 14, 2016

After the purchase of a horse at a Polish auction for Arabian horses in august 2015, client has transported the horse to The Netherlands. Upon arrival the horse showed a shortcoming (navicular disease) making it useless for its initial purpose (show-horse). Client requested legal assistance from Mrs Loeffen, attorney-at-law at Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance […]

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Counterparty pays a large sum of money to client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner)

By europeanequinelawyers | June 14, 2016

After the purchase of a horse at a Polish auction for Arabian horses in august 2015, client has transported the horse to The Netherlands. Upon arrival the horse showed a shortcoming (navicular disease) making it useless for its initial purpose (show-horse). Client requested legal assistance from Mrs Loeffen, attorney-at-law at Schelstraete Advocaten. Mrs Loeffen has […]

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Disputes Committee Financial Services awards client Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) with compensation of its damages

By europeanequinelawyers | May 17, 2016

On October the 9th 2012 a horsetrailer owned by Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client was stolen. The client submitted a request at the insurance company for compensation of the damages suffered, which the insurance company rejected. Legally supported by Mr. B.E.J. Loeffen of Schelstraete Advocaten, the client filed a complaint at the Disputes […]

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