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MORGAN AND OTHERS V. PARKINSON HOWARD LTD

(1961) JELR 69542 (HC)

High Court  •  23 Jan 1961  •  Ghana

Coram
OLLENNU J.

Judgement

OLLENNU J.: The claim made by the eight plaintiffs against the defendant- company is in two parts. Firstly, they claim together the sum of £G1,400 damages for loss of income arising from wrongful dismissal; and secondly they claim £G600 damages for false imprisonment.

Although it is not expressly stated, it would appear that the amount of £G1,400 is claimed as special damages, and the yardstick by which the court is being asked to assess those damages is the wages which the plaintiffs would have earned had their employment with the defendant company not been terminated. But the plaintiffs must first satisfy the court that they have been wrongfully dismissed before they will be entitled to damages.

The facts pleaded by the plaintiffs, upon which the claim for wrongful dismissal is based, are contained in paragraphs 1 and 2 of their statement of claim and are as follows:

“1. The defendants, Parkinson Howard and Company Ltd., are engineers carrying on operations at

Tema, in Ghana, and the pl…

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