US Courts dismiss lawsuit against GOB

The US Courts has dismissed a ten million dollar lawsuit against the Government of Belize. You may remember back in February of 2012, news vlcsnap-2013-04-02-20h17m11s125broke that GDG Acquisitions LLC,  a company controlled by attorney Glenn Godfrey – a former PUP Attorney General, was suing the Government for an alleged breach of a Master Lease Agreement. This agreement was supposedly signed back in 2002, under the PUP Administration of Musa between Belizean owned company INTELCO and the then Minister of Budget Management. But things turned sour, the deal fell through and Godfrey filed a lawsuit against the Government. The matter was taken to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Attorneys for Belize filed a Motion to Dismiss the Complaint on the ground that Florida was an inconvenient forum for the litigation of the matter, since the subject matter and witnesses are in Belize. The attorneys also disputed the validity of the Master Lease Agreement on the ground that it was signed by a Minister who and we quote – “lacked the constitutional authority to enter into telecommunications agreements on behalf of the Government of Belize. Belize further argued that the claim would involve interpretation of the Belize constitution and other laws which are matters for the Belizean courts. In the end, the US District Court upheld Belize’s objections and dismissed the case. The Court further ruled that Belize provide an adequate alternate forum to litigate the claim and that Godfrey’s company may reinstate its case in Belize. Belize was represented by the US law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

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