Marketing Association Case Against VP Taylor Moves To Civil Law Court “B”


Monrovia – The Civil Law Court “B” has become the new venue of the case involving the suspended president of the Liberia Marketing Association Alice Yeeban and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, this paper has reliably learned.

Report by Kennedy L. Yangian, [email protected]

Efforts on Monday, November 5, to verify with Presiding Judge Yussiff Kaba by seeking comment about the transfer of the case were not possible.

The reporter was told that Judge Kaba had gone out to sympathize with the family members of a fallen staff of the court.

However, a staff of the Civil Law Court “B” who begged for anonymity, confirmed that the case has been transferred to Court “B”, headed by Judge Scheapolor Dunbar. Our source did not say what prompted the transfer of the case.

The transfer of the case comes at the time when the suspended LMA President Yeeban has filed a new lawsuit against Vice President Taylor challenging her suspension.

The new lawsuit was filed after the Civil Law Court “A” had denied the suspended LMA President’s writ of prohibition against Vice President decision to suspend her as the elected President of the Liberia Marketing Association, terming the suspension as illegal.

In the Civil Law Court “A” ruling handed down last month by Presiding Kaba stated that the court could not grant Madam Yeebahn a declaratory judgment or writ of prohibition on ground that she was not clothed with the authority to sue in the name of the LMA.

“This court says that the petition filed by the petitioner Alice Yeeban is hereby denied and the resistance by Vice President Taylor legal team thereof granted because the petitioner is not clothed with the authority to sue in the name of the LMA, however the petitioner has the right to sue in her own name as President of the LMA,” Judge Kaba ruling added.

In the wake of the filing of the new lawsuit by LMA President Yeeban before Judge Kaba a concerned marketer of the LMA, Lorpu Harris had cried foul.

Madam Harris told this paper Monday she has suspected foul in the case because since Madam Yeeban filed the lawsuit against the Vice President the 10-day period required to file a return has elapsed. The VP has failed file her return, but there has been no action taken by the court.

Madam Harris cries out but the Judge could not also be reached on this accusation due to his absence from the court on Monday.

Madam Yeeban was elected as LMA President in Grand Bassa County on February 18, 2017 in the LMA general election to serve a four- year term.

A week after her election some defeated candidates who contested in the election challenged the result in court on the basis of alleged election malpractices. Following the hearing, the Civil Law Court ruled in her favor stating that her accusers failed to prove their case.

On August 28, 2018 Madam Yeeban was ordered suspended along with her Vice President and Secretary General by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor on an alleged act of corruption.

According to Section 8 of the amended 2010 Act of the LMA, it is the General Assembly that has the power to impeach or suspend any elected official that maybe investigated and found guilty of corruption.