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Business News of Thursday, 4 February 2016

Source: Ghanaian Times

Court hears suit against Halliburton

The suit filed by Unipac Properties Ltd, a wholly owned Ghanaian company against, Halliburton International, an international conglomerate, resumed at an Accra high court yesterday.

At Monday’s sitting, both parties were asked to file relevant processes to enable the trial to commence.

The case was subsequently adjourned to February 26.

The Unipac Properties are seeking damages in the form of compensation against Halliburton International for wrongful termination of contract.

According to court documents, Unipac Properties was contracted in January 15, 2014 by Halliburton International to provide facilities management services on its premises.

Unipac claimed that relying on the said contract, it employed staff and entered into agreements to facilitate its execution of the terms with the defendant.

Unipac further stated in the statement of claim that during the pendency of the agreement, Halliburton began pressurising them to reduce, amend or deviate from the agreed terms of the signed contract.

Following Unipac’s objection to these actions, according to the statement, the defendant, by a letter dated January 26 this year, purportedly terminated the contract “for reasons of convenience as stipulated in the contract”.

It was on this basis that the plaintiff proceeded to the High Court to file a suit, arguing that the the defendant did not include the clauses invoked by the defendant to support the termination with regards to “for reasons of convenience”.

The plaintiff argued that the said termination was wrongful, especially, when the defendants, during the term of the contract, made overtures to the plaintiff staff to weaken its position.

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