Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2015. 7:02 pm CST.
Posted December 3, 2015. 7:00 Pm CST
By Aaron Humes: Entrepreneur Curtis Swasey says executives of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) used his unique idea for a lottery texting program via short message service (SMS) to underline the Mek Mi Rich television program
Since February of this year, producers MMR Belize Limited and the state-run telephone company have been in court and trial took place today before Justice Courtney Abel, where MMR and BTL tried to show that Swasey’s idea was not only not unique, nor original; it was not even complete.
Attorney for BTL, Magali Perdomo, closely questioned Swasey on the witness stand as to the sequence of his communications with BTL executives in 2011 and 2012, trying to show that he did not send all the information they requested and that the idea for “Super Slam Sunday,”, which was to be applied to buying Sunday Lottery and Boledo tickets, was different from “Mek Mi Rich.”
Perdomo insists Swasey failed to meet two important tests in establishing his case – that he owned or invented the concept and that his information exchange agreement with her client was breached.
MMR attorney Naima Barrow expressed confidence in the outcome of the case for her client, while Kareem Musa, Swasey’s attorney, contends that his client’s case is sufficiently established.
The parties return to court in February for final submissions.
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