Former members of GHOST have appealed the dismissal of their lawsuit against the band’s leader, Tobias Forge.
Forge, who founded the group eight years ago, was sued by the four ex-members in April 2017. Forge was sued by ex-members in April 2017 who accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band’s album releases and world tours.
The musicians have since appealed the ruling, and the case has now been referred to the Göta court of appeal in Jönköping, where it will be heard in March 2020.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the district court of Linköping, where GHOST was originally based, claimed that a partnership agreement existed between Forge and the four former members, all of whom performed anonymously in the band as Nameless Ghouls.
Forge said that “no legal partnership” ever existed between him and the other members and that they were paid a fixed salary to perform as his backing band.
The trial in Linköping District Court lasted for six days, and at 11 a.m. on October 17, a 108-page decision was released dismissing the case. The four former GHOST members were also ordered to pay Forge‘s legal fees.
Forge claimed more than two million kronor (approximately $225,000) in legal costs, but the district court was of the opinion that 1.3 million kronor ($146,000) was more reasonable.