The proprietors of the television game show “Mek Mi Rich” have issued a statement officially denying infringement on the intellectual property of Curtis Swasey, who is suing them and Belize Telemedia Limited in the Supreme Court.
MMR Belize Limited, in a statement issued on Tuesday, says that the claims made by Curtis Swasey and attorney Kareem Musa, that they relied on Swasey’s intellectual property and concepts as provided to BTL to create their show “are completely false and baseless.”
They claim not to have been served initially with a copy of the claim, and had to secure its own copy on January 27.
Believing that the claim did not disclose reasonable grounds for a lawsuit, MMR filed acknowledgment of service and an application to strike out the claim, which took place before Justice Courtney Abel on February 9. However, the company claims that the court “granted MMR’s application and additionally [ordered] Curtis Swasey to pay MMR Belize Limited $1,000 in legal fees.”
This differs sharply from the account given to the press on February 10, where it was said that the case had been continued to March 10 for additional pleadings to be added. MMR says that Mr Swasey’s view of the events does not justify his accusations.
According to MMR, “mobile text lottery has been in existence for years globally and no patent or trademark exists for any such platform.” It adds that at no time during the development process was it aware that BTL was in contact with Curtis Swasey over a similar concept; and according to them it does not matter, since they utilized an already existent technology created by a California company known as Famcom Inc.”
We sought comment on Wednesday from Kareem Musa, who repeated that the case was not struck out; instead, the court adjourned the case to March 10 as mentioned previously. He also stated that MMR has not been removed as a defendant in the case.
BTL has issued a limited denial of the allegations but has reserved its comment until the case is fully settled.