Claim No: SCT 017/2015
THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE COURTS
In the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai
IN THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL OF DIFC COURTS
BEFORE H.E. JUSTICE SHAMLAN AL SAWALEHI
(1) FELIKS CORPORATION
(2) FELIKS MIDDLE EAST
Hearing: 01 July 2015
Judgment: 24 August 2015
JUDGMENT OF H.E. JUSTICE SHAMLAN AL SAWALEHI
UPON hearing the Claimant and the Second Defendant.
AND UPON reading the submissions and evidence filed and recorded on the Court file
IT IS ORDERED THAT:
The Claimant’s Claim is rejected.
1.The Claimant requested the Defendants to pay the Consultation charges due at the end of the Consulting Service Agreement. The Defendants had refused to pay, which had led the Claimant to file this case before the Court.
2. No settlement was reached by the parties at the end of the consultation and, consequently, the case was sent for adjudication. On 01 July 2015 I heard the Claimant’s and the Second Defendant’s submissions.
3. In the Claimant’s Particulars of Claim, the Claimant argued that his Company Client Femke entered into a Consulting Service Agreement dated 17 September 2011 with Feliks Corporation (First Defendant) which was duly signed by the Executive Chairman of Feliks Middle East (the Second Defendant) and at that time was the Executive Chairman of Feliks Corporation (the First Defendant). In the said agreement, both parties agreed that the (First Defendant) would make payment in the amount of USD 50,000 to the Claimant’s Client for work performed in accordance with the Consulting Agreement, as agreed in the amount of USD 25,000 would be given in cash and the remaining amount of USD 25,000 in preferred shares nominated by the First Defendant to the Claimant.
4. The Claimant argued further that it had successfully completed the job and delivered the “required materials” in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the agreement, and the first half of the agreed amount had been paid by the Second Defendant by cheque. However, the First Defendant had failed to nominate preferred shares to the Claimant, and had rather directed the Claimant to go to Canada and settle its accounts with the First Defendant.
5. In its defence, the Second Defendant argued that it was not a party to the Consulting Service agreement that was signed by Frangag Consultant Inc., a UK registered entity, and Feliks Corporation, a Canadian registered entity against which the original claim is based. The Second Defendant further argued that the Claimant in these proceedings is Frangag Consultancy Company , a UAE registered entity with TecomAuthority, the CEOFinch, while the alleged signed agreement is with Frangag Consultancy Inc, a Company registered in the UK, the CEObeingFranny, which shows that the two entities are different .
6. In addition to that the Second Defendant argued that the alleged agreement was signed by Feroze instead of Filippa and was emailed to Mr.Finch on 08 July 2014 for the counter signature of Mr. Franny, but the agreement was never countersigned by Filippa on behalf of the First Defendant. Therefore, the Second Defendant never had made any payment from its DIFC nor from its Dubai Branch to the Femke Team Consultancy Inc.( the UK entity ) or Femke Consultancy Company (the UAE entity )
7. I have examined all submissions filed in this case, including email correspondence and I have found that the Claimant has built its Claim on the alleged Consulting Service Agreement in its Particulars of Claim, but has failed to establish first its contractual or legal relationship with the parties of such agreement mainly its relationship with the Consultant in the agreement, the Femke Consultancy Inc. A different entity shall have a separate legal Identity and may sue and be sued in such capacity.
8. Moreover, I have noticed that the Claimant has not provided any evidence of payment made by the Second Defendant to Femke Consultancy Company (the Claimant Company) related to the alleged Consulting Service Agreement.
9. Furthermore, I have examined all correspondence and submitted documents, including the draft business plan, investment proposal and supporting evidence filed in this case, which suggested that the Claimant company and Mr. Finch may have done some work for the Defendants , but I cannot rely on these submissions alone to find the Defendants legally responsible to pay the Claimant for that work on the basis of the alleged agreement that the Claimant is not party to, as I am of the view that the evidence submitted by the Claimant is neither sufficient nor reasonable to establish such a contractual or legal responsibility .
10. For the reasons above-cited, I have rejected all the Claimants’ claims.
Nassir Al Nasser
Date: 24 August 2015
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