MICA & PYRITE Defective Block Scandal

Families in Donegal and Mayo have been forced to quit their dream homes due to poor construction that has caused the structures to crack and deteriorate, leaving them unusable. Our team at Coleman Legal has been working to assist families affected by this scandal.

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To discuss your case in detail, contact us today or request a callback from our experienced team.

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MICA & PYRITE Application Guide

Here is a message from Dave Coleman (Managing Partner) discussing how anyone affected by Mica or Pyrite can contact “Coleman Legal” to discuss their options for seeking compensation.

How do I start?

Please, fill in your details below to request information from our team at Coleman Legal. Our team is ready to advise families in Donegal County affected by Mica & Pyrite defective block scandal.

Kindly fill out the contact form or email us at [email protected]  you will be sent an online form to complete. The Coleman legal team will guide you through from there on forward.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the case about?

A very large number of people who have property damage due to Mica have come together to take a case against all of the parties responsible for the debacle that has befallen the people of Donegal. The case seeks damages from all parties; including the Quarry involved. The County Council, the State, and various other entities depending on individual circumstances.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for individual property owners to join the case. We realise that this problem has left many thousands of people in an appalling financial state and they simply cannot afford to take the necessary steps to vindicate their rights. If the case is successful there will be a small fee charged in each successful case.

How does it work?

From within the large group, several individuals have agreed to go forward as lead or pathfinder cases. The circumstances of these cases are such that the issues within them generally describe the conditions that apply to most property owners in Donegal.

The lead cases, we believe, will be adopted by the Commercial Division of the High Court in Dublin as a series of test cases that will decide the larger group of cases.

All of the individual members of the Multi-Party Action will have their rights protected through the process of having a Writ issued in their individual names, this Writ will sit behind the Lead Cases.

Should a Court have to Decide the case, the Decision of the Lead cases will be binding on those in the group that have their own cases up and running. If there are settlement discussions in the case, any Settlement/ Redress Scheme will apply to the members of the case.

What happens to any Grant that I may receive? Will I lose it.

No. The State has been very clear that they are not participating in a Redress Scheme. Any Grant Scheme that is ultimately put in place by the State will mean that the amount of such Grant will be deducted from the overall value of your case. Thus you will be claiming your net losses and any other personal losses that you have incurred.

Is there a limit on the numbers who can join into the case?

No. The larger the numbers joining the case the better for all. As in all cases, it is up to the Solicitors to guide the case through the courts to ensure that all of the participants are fully and properly represented.

Are there any hidden charges?

No. All extra costs, such as Expert Witness fees, and Court Stamp Duty fees are being met on a ‘Not For Profit’ basis. The simple idea here is to allow all affected people a voice before the courts. The larger the case, the more information available to us all and the stronger the case.

Why should I join the case?

Whatever your circumstances, whether your house is new or old, the time available to take a Court Action to vindicate your own rights is becoming less and less. For some, it may be too late already. The only way to stop time defeating your right to sue those responsible is by issuing a Court Writ against those responsible. The passage of time in the context of litigation is governed by the Statue of Limitations and once time has run, it has run.

How long will it take?

As you know, no litigation is quick. However, the plan is to ask the Commercial Division of the High Court in Dublin to accept the Lead/Pathfinder cases into the Commercial Court. This has been done successfully before. The benefit to the Court System is that it does not have to deal with the same queries, Court Applications etc over and over again. This greatly reduces the strain that a case such as this would place on the court system.

Can I take a case for the stress on myself and my family?

All individual circumstances are unique to the individual. If you have suffered an injury, psychological or physical and you have the support of your medical advisers, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury.

How will I know what is going on in the case?

Once you join the case you will be given a unique ID number where your personal information will be stored. There will be interaction by mail with the administration team and there will be also a monthly newsletter to each participant explaining the current status of the cases and the most up-to-date developments.

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MICA & Pyrite Redress Team

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.