An inn owner suing veteran Irish rock star Van Morrison hiked his claim to £300,000 ($482,500) today (May 1), saying the singer had ruined him by canceling a concert.

An inn owner suing veteran Irish rock star Van Morrison hiked his claim to £300,000 ($482,500) today (May 1), saying the singer had ruined him by canceling a concert.

Gary Marlow, landlord of the Crown Hotel in Everleigh, Wiltshire, western England, had been seeking £20,000 ($32,160) from Morrison for pulling out of a concert last August, but London's High Court granted him permission to raise the stakes.

"The case is that it destroyed [Marlow's] business and his personal life," Marlow's lawyer Stuart Cakebread told judge Justice Buckley when the trial started yesterday.

Morrison's lawyer said that although the evidence was that Marlow's business was close to bankruptcy, it was an "enormous improbability" that this had been the result of the cancellation of a one-off concert in the village pub.

The judge ordered that the trial be postponed to a later date to allow both sides to prepare for the case.

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