Lawyers representing Lebanese businessman, George E. Haddad, seeking US$10.7M debt lawsuit against the Liberian Government, yesterday left the Commercial Court disappointed, after state lawyers argued that the court lacks jurisdiction to handle the matter.The Sherman & Sherman law firm representing the legal interest of Haddad, in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the Liberian Government. The lawsuit contends that from the year 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to U$10.7M to several government institutions. Unfortunately, government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent negotiation.They named some of the vehicles for which GOL owes Haddad as Cherokee, Land Rover Leon, among others.Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation.During yesterday’s hearing, government lawyer Cllr. Augustine Fayia asked the plaintiff to drop the case, claiming lack of jurisdiction. He did not deny that government owes Haddad.Before Cllr. Fayia’s contention, the parties presented all their legal documentations and the court’s scheduled appointment of Monday, February 16, as the date to start the case.Interestingly, while the court was in session, Cllr. Fayia asked for the dismissal of the entire matter on grounds of jurisdiction.Justifying their argument, Cllr. Fayia said, “The Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.”He further argued that, if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He pleaded that the court should advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, but he did not mention the name of the court. In a counter argument, the Sherman and Sherman law firm maintained that the court has jurisdiction over the matter.They argued that the Act that created the court gives it progressive authority, meaning it can hear cases that even existed before its establishment.Haddad’s lawyers further argued that the government’s request was “unreasonable” because the court is a specialized court established with the intent to fast track matters relating to commercial transactions.They also contended that the government lawyer’s argument was contrary to the Act that established the Commercial Court.Immediately after the argument, the Resident Chief Judge, Eva Mappy Morgan declared that “Matter is suspended and it will resume following an issuance of a notice of assignment to the lawyers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
goalless Despite watching his team take the lead, McClaren was clearly annoyed at seeing the right-back in such an advanced position – especially away from home.Twitter user Connor Thorpe caught the former England boss appearing to turn around to the rest of his staff and say: “F*****g hell, what’s he doing that far up?”Stoke got a goal back through Saido Berahino, before Joe Allen put the hosts in the lead.However, it was Rangel who ensured the points were shared when he scored the equaliser 12 minutes from time. After the game, McClaren was far more composed and admitted his side deserved at least point, although he was still stunned to see Rangel score a brace.“We deservedly went 1-0 up but against the run of play we conceded and that knocked us,” he told QPR’s official website.“Then we got our composure back in the second half and dominated but again against the run of play they got ahead.“After that, I changed things around a little bit into a diamond and asked the full-backs to get forward and Rangel did it again. ROUND-UP 2 McClaren was left incensed 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “I’ve never seen him score with his head but the second one was superb.”The Spaniard left Swansea City in the summer following their relegation and moved to London on an initial six-month deal.However, the 35-year-old has impressed so much in his short spell, the QPR boss conceded they may have to extend the veteran defender’s stay.He added: “We’ve got a stipulation where we can keep him (Rangel). He’s been nothing short of a revelation, not just on the field but off it – what a great lad.“I’ve no idea why he was in the box heading it there as I told him to stay on the halfway line but I’m pleased he did. The second was a cracker, a real team goal.” Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Latest Championship News Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place stalemate REPLY The original Tweet captured the former England boss’ frustrations perfectly! EFL result GREAT NEWS Steve McClaren was caught on camera appearing to swear after Angel Rangel opened the scoring for Queens Park Rangers in their 2-2 draw with Stoke City.The former Swansea City defender popped up in the Stoke City box after just seven minutes to head home to open the scoring for the visitors.