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FPA faces over US$1.8m lawsuit

Local daily FrontPageAfrica (FPA) is facing a US$1,850,000.00 lawsuit here for special damages, general damages and punitive damages after publishing an announcement relating to a property dispute between two groups of people with a surname Morgan, and others.

The paper according to the complainants published the said announcement / story in Vol. No. 46, Thursday, March 8, 2018, Vol. 12, No. 48, Monday, March 12, 2018 and Vol. 12, No. 50, Friday, March 16, 2018 editions of the newspaper.

According to the complaint, the announcement in question stated that Mr. Kopeyor Adamah Seh also known as Henry A.K. Morgan and Anthony C. Morgan, and Moses T. Konah were presenting themselves as administrators of the estate of Lawrence A. Morgan.

“Please be aware that these individuals are not authorized to lease, sell, collect rents or transact any other business on behalf of the Estate of Lawrence Morgan or the Estate of Christine Morgan – Richards,” the complainants claim.

They further say the defendants were at the verge of underwriting the cost of more defamatory publications as it was earlier done.Additionally, the complainants say FrontPageAfrica without any regard to her ethics and moral conduct allegedly elected to publish such defamatory “story / announcement” against complainants on the divert days mentioned.

Principal complainants Mr. Henry A.K. Morgan and Moses T. Konah sued FrontPageAfrica along with another group of Morgans in persons of Henry V.L. Morgan, Edwin A. Morgan and Gbein Morgan, demanding US$1,000,000.00 for general damages, US$500,000.00 for special damages and US$350,000.00 for punitive damages.

In a court document dated 4 April, complainants Mr. Henry A.K. Morgan and Moses T. Konah sued the accused for action of damages for wrong by attachment.

They alleged that first defendants Henry V.L. Morgan, Edwin A. Morgan and Gbein Morgan allegedly underwrote the cost of defamatory publications with the sole purpose of defaming their (complainants’) hard earned characters.

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They told the Court that it caused serious damages to them, accusing the paper of refusing to retract the announcement in spite of their demands contained in a letter allegedly written on 22 March.

Based on a writ of summon issued by the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice on Thursday, 5 April staffers of the FrontPageAfrica, including editors and reporters were seen in the Courtroom Monday, 9 April along with their lawyer Cllr. Pearl Brown – Bull.

The Court places a writ of attachment on the action filed against the paper and the first defendants, instructing Court officers to place an attachment on the defendants’ properties including vehicles, equipment and any other assets situated in Montserrado and Liberia at large.

The Court places the attachment on the defendants’ properties to satisfy Complainants Henry A.K. Morgan and Moses T. Konah’s request of US$350,000.00 and to have it impounded, kept or locked.

“The Sheriff of this Court will further proceed to the premises of the respondent (s) / defendant (s) and cause the properties, personal or real to be attached consistent with law and take possession and custody of same until otherwise ordered by this Court,” the Writ of Attachment partly reads.

FrontPageAfrica and the other defendants are ordered by the Court to file their formal appearance or answer in the Judge’s office on or before 15 April.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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