Judge Mariama Sammo, presiding over the High Court at Adenta, has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Black Sherif, by Cruise People Ltd.
The company accused the musician of breaching an agreement, which resulted in the cancellation of a concert called ‘Afro Cruise Jam’ that was scheduled to take place on August 19, 2023, in Athens, Greece.
Black Sherif was initially contracted to perform on a Cruise Ship in Athens, Greece. However, the promoter, Daniel Vanderpuje of Cruise People Ltd., unilaterally terminated the contract before the scheduled date, citing publicity breaches.
Following the contract termination, the promoter demanded a refund of the $20,000 deposit from Black Sherif. However, Black Sherif’s team resisted the demand, arguing that the contract was terminated by Cruise People.
Black Sherif maintained that he was entitled to compensation for the unilateral termination of the contract.
In response to the turn of events, the aggrieved promoter, Daniel Vanderpuye, took legal action seeking various reliefs, including a refund of the deposit, interest on the amount, compensation for loss of revenue and profits, general damages for breach of contract, and costs.
Black Sherif’s legal team, consisting of Dominic Brenya-Otchere Esq., Kenneth Paa Kwesi Agyir Esq., and Esther Addai Esq. from Sam Okudzeto and Associates, filed a conditional appearance and an application to dismiss the lawsuit. They argued that the contract’s dispute resolution clause stated that any disputes arising from the contract must be resolved exclusively in the United Kingdom.
The Court ordered both parties to submit written arguments within two weeks and postponed the hearing until November 16, 2023.
The presiding judge granted Black Sherif’s application, stating that the dispute was not closely related to Ghana and that the parties had agreed to resolve any disputes in the UK. As a result, the Plaintiff’s writ and statement of claim were dismissed as they had been filed in the wrong jurisdiction. According to a source close to Black Sherif, if Cruise People Ltd. initiates legal action in the appropriate jurisdiction, Black Sherif will counterclaim for the full contract amount, interest, and damages for breach of contract.
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