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Jun 24, 2016

B.T.L. and Mek Mi Rich Appeal Supreme Court Decision

Kareem Musa

What was also clear at the conclusion of the case in February is that the twenty-five thousand awarded to Swasey as compensation was not satisfactory to the claimant. The Judge’s hands were tied because MMR’s profits from the game show were not available so it could not be entered into the equation. But it’s not a done deal.  B.T.L. and Mek Mi Rich has appealed the decision of the Judge, and Musa has also filed an appeal on behalf of his client with the hopes of a fairer payoff to Swasey for the stealing of his concept.

 

Kareem Musa, Attorney for Curtis Swasey

“If you actually look at the dates of the filing of the appeals we had filed first. My client was dissatisfied by the original order by the learned Trial Judge of twenty-five thousand. We respectfully disagreed with that sum. We believed that it ought to have been a royalty attached to all the earnings and all the profits made by this company on the back of this hard-working Belizean man and that is why we’re appealing that decision.”

 

Reporter

“The reason that was a problem in the first case, if I remember correctly, is that you had not submitted any figures for Mek Mi Rich in terms of their earnings over the years from Mr. Swasey’s idea.”

 

Kareem Musa

“Well as you know Mek Mi Rich has folded. Whether that is temporary or whether that is permanent is left to be seen, but I think that was the difficulty, the fact that they had folded and were no longer operational so it was difficult to realize if indeed they were making money or losing money. I think that’s their argument, that they weren’t making money. But nonetheless the law does provide that a royalty should have been attached in favor of Mr. Swasey because of the breach of confidence of his ideas and his concepts.”

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