Court Throws Out Cruise Ship Contract Breach Case Against Black Sherif

The Accra High Court has today, 16th November, 2023 thrown out the case brought before it against Ghanaian artist, Black Sherif by Cruise People Ltd.

Cruise People Limited, an event organizing institution, sued Black Sherif for an alleged breach of contract but at the end of sitting today, the court struck out the case for lack of jurisdiction.

Several reports indicate that, Cruise People Limited entered a contract with Black Sherif to perform in a Cruise Ship in Athens, Greece on 19th August, 2023.

However, this suddenly went bad as the organizers decided to terminate the contract they had with the artist and his team unilaterally without the input of the latter.

Not happy by this, the organizers instituted a legal action against the musician and his management team, demanding “a refund of the deposit paid, interest on the said amount, compensation for loss of revenue and profits, general damages for breach of contract, and costs.”

Lawyers for the defendant, Dominic Brenya-Otchere esq., Kenneth Paa Kwesi Agyir esq. and Esther Addai esq. of Sam Okudzeto and Associates, entered conditional appearance and used a clause in the contract, generated by the plaintiff which stated that all conflicts that will come out of the contract should be settled in the United Kingdom.

They therefore moved for the court to strike out the suit as it lacked Jurisdiction to sit on the case, considering the conflict resolution clause in the contract.

The court after receiving written submissions from both sides, ruled to strike out the case as prayed it by the defendants on basis that the subject matter of the dispute was not closely connected to Ghana and so could not sit on the case.

The court after receiving written submissions from both sides, ruled to strike out the case as prayed it by the defendants on basis that the subject matter of the dispute was not closely connected to Ghana and so could not sit on the case.

The court also ruled that anyone wanting to take any legal action should go by what was agreed upon in the signed contract.