Black Sherif Triumphs in Court as Lawsuit Gets Struck Out
The legal dispute between Ghanaian musician Black Sherif, also known as Mohammed Ismail Sherif, and Cruise People Limited over the cancellation of a performance in Athens has been dismissed by the Adenta High Court on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
The court declined jurisdiction based on a dispute resolution clause in the contract, which specified that any disputes arising from the contract should be exclusively settled in the United Kingdom.
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In the background of the case, Cruise People Limited and Black Sherif had initially entered into an agreement for a performance on a cruise ship in Athens, Greece, scheduled for August 19, 2023. However, the contract was terminated before the show, with the promoter, Daniel Vanderpuje of Cruise People Ltd, alleging publicity breaches and demanding a refund of the $20,000 deposit from Black Sherif.
Black Sherif, in response, resisted the refund, claiming that the contract termination was initiated by Cruise People Ltd and sought compensation for the unilateral termination. The promoter, Daniel Vanderpuye, took legal action, seeking 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, through his legal counsel, highlighted the dispute resolution clause, arguing that the case could not be litigated in Ghana but should be settled in the United Kingdom. The court agreed with this argument and subsequently struck out the case on the grounds that the parties had agreed, through the contract, to resolve any disputes in the UK.
The court ruled that initiating the action in Ghana was inappropriate, emphasizing that the dispute was not closely connected to Ghana. The court had previously ordered written submissions from the parties, and on November 16, 2023, it issued its ruling, concluding that the case had been commenced in the wrong forum.