The Debt Court at the Temple of Justice on Wednesday, July 22, turned down contentions by the Monrovia Breweries (defendant), manufacturer of Club Beer, challenging the payment of US$9,900 as land rental fees to one of the co-administrators of the Intestate Estate of the Late Jeda Tor, Matt Waye (plaintiff).
Club Beer had earlier admitted to its obligation to the estate, but argues that it will not pay the debt unless the administrators of the estate resolves their difference.
However, in the court’s rejection of Club Beer’s argument, Judge James Jones said equity and justice are given permanence over legal technicality. Judge Jones further ruled that the plaintiff is entitled to payment by the defendant for his land that club beer is operating on and at the same time obtaining profit.
The late Tor and the company in 1957 entered into a lease agreement for it property that is situated at Bushrod Island in the Tweh Farm Community for a period of 64years, which has expired since May 22 of this year, of which the co-administrator, Matt Waye (plaintiff), is finding it difficult to have Club Beer Management paid the rent as of May 22 totaling US$9,900.
Before Tor death in 1961, he executed a will naming and apportioned the properties he owned to several members of his family. It is against the Club Beer Management’s continuous refusal that the lawsuit was filed, but since the suit was filed, the company’s management team has also failed to appear before the court, which action led to the arrest of its Human Resource Manager, Stephen G. Scott for contempt of court.
According to the court document, Monrovia Breweries was duly informed and has been dealing with the plaintiff regarding its occupancy of the properties where it is undertaking its beverage/brewing and other activities as part of the engagement with the administrator.
The suit alleges that in the performance of their duties, the plaintiff notified the company that payment of the lease rental of US$9,900.00 as provided in the agreement was a fallen due, and that he (Waye) expects the company to pay the rent no later than May 22, 2021.
The court records further alleges that the defendant continues to exhibit an unjustified unwillingness that is "Purely diabolical and devilish of Beer Factory to deprive the plaintiff of his just benefits apparently because of the company's status and financial position in the country’s economy."
This is why Waye’s suit claims that the factory had repeatedly ignored and disregarded the request for the family representative to meet and have the lease rental paid to them.
Therefore, the suit alleged, "The Company willfully abused the subject matter under the law and an action of debt is the proper redress.”