A court in Switzerland has ruled against an injunction taken out by the estate of James Joyce against a Swiss wine producer, Provins Valais.
Provins Valais launched specially labelled red and white "Cuvee James Joyce" wines to the Irish market in April, to coincide with the celebrations planned to mark the centenary of Bloomsday on 16th of June
The Joyce estate initiated proceedings in Switzerland, seeking an immediate injunction aimed at preventing further shipment of the wines to Ireland. An interim injunction was granted by the Swiss courts in May.
The company claims that the injunction caused severe disruption to implementation of the Marketing
Support Programme, notably because it destroyed plans to promote the wines during Swiss Week in Dublin.
"We did not intend to dishonour the name of James Joyce or the names of his descendants," said
Claude Dizerens, Export Director, Provins Valais.
James Joyce lived in Zurich, Switzerland, for several periods of his life and wrote much of "Ulysses" and finished writing "Finnegans Wake" in that city before he died there in 1941. His grave, and those of his wife Nora and son Giorgio are in the Friedhof Fluntern cemetery in Zurich.