Conflict of interest charge dismissed in Ghost legal case
Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge has won another victory in the legal battle between himself and four former members of the band. An appeals court has rejected the argument of the ex-members that the judge who ordered the dismissal of their lawsuit against Forge had a conflict of interest in overseeing the case.
The four musicians appealed the dismissal, with their attorney, Michael Berg, writing in court documents that “it must have been almost impossible” for judge Henrik Ibold “to objectively and impartially assess the probative of the information that Tobias Forge has provided” since both Ibold and Forge are members of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons.
An appeals court has now determined that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate an actual conflict of interest. In the decision, the court wrote that in Sweden there is a constitutional freedom of association which means that all citizens — even judges — have the right to belong to organizations. Both Forge and Ibold claimed they did not know each other through the Freemasons.
Forge, who founded Ghost nine years ago, was sued by the four ex-members in April 2017. They accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band’s album releases and world tours.
Forge himself disputed that such an agreement ever existed and on October 17, 2018, after a six-day trial, a 108-page decision was released dismissing the case. The four former members were also ordered to pay Forge’s legal fees, which could amount to approximately $146,000.
Story source: The PRP