Eric Many record label led by Nigerian businessman Okwudili Umenyiora has accused Runtown of lying over the court victory restraining the music label from interfering in Runtown’s affair.
Runtown claims he won the legal battle against his former record label boss, Eric Many as the Federal High Court Abuja on January 23rd, restrained the label from interfering in Runtown’s music affair.
Justice O.A Musa, who passed the judgement ordered that the restraining order placed on Runtown from performing be immediately suspended.
However, Eric Many, in a statement has denied Runtown’s victory saying there is no iota of truth in it.
The statement reads:
“It has come to the knowledge of Ericmany Limited that our artiste, Douglas Jack Agu, alias ‘Runtown’, has taken to social media celebrating a supposed ‘victory’ in our case in Court. Runtown is telling lies. Runtown did not win the case. He has not even filed a defence.
On 4th December, 2018, the Court ruled that Runtown’s lawyer can appear. But the Court dismissed Runtown’s application challenging its jurisdiction. It held that a breach of the contract is not for arbitration. The Court also held that Runtown should maintain the status quo. This means that Runtown should stop operations until the case is over.
Runtown filed two appeals in the Court of Appeal on these. He then prayed the High Court to suspend the decisions and the trial itself “pending the determination of the Appeal filed at the Court of Appeal, Abuja”. In the meantime, Ericmany commenced contempt proceedings against Runtown due to his flouting of the Court Order. Form 48 was served on him at page 18 of Punch newspaper of 19th January, 2019.
On 23rd January, 2019, the High Court agreed to suspend its decision and further trial to allow Runtown’s appeals to run out. This is normal practice. The lower Court cannot be seen to be fighting the appeal Court. The Court warned Runtown to move his papers to the Court of Appeal within 14 days or the relief is cancelled.
So rather than misleading the unwary public that he has won, Runtown should rather concentrate on pushing his appeals. The relief he got in the High Court is a merely a short break by the High Court to respect the Court of Appeal. The case is still there. He has not filed a defence because he obviously has no defence. Runtown still owes Ericmany more than N266 Million. He has not produced a single album as agreed.
Runtown got signed unto the label, Eric Many in 2014 after the success of his single, ‘Gallardo’, he was to release his debut album, ”Ghetto University”, the following year, which had some major singles like ‘Lagos to Kampala’ featuring Wizkid.
However, two years into the contract, things began to go sour between the two parties as there emerged accusations of threat to life, with Runtown declaring his intention to terminate his contract.
The development led to a lawsuit filed by the label.