It was previously revealed that the lawsuit filed against Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emertius) by former members Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt had been dismissed following a six-day trial in the Linköping District Court in Linköping, Sweden. However, NT.se are now reporting that the ex-members are requesting a new trial.
Attorney Michael Berg, who is representing the former members, is claiming there was a conflict of interest due to Forge and Judge Henrik Ibold both allegedly having ties to the same branch of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons. Ibold says he wasn’t aware of Forge’s involvement in the society, but he did admit to hearing rumors about it. Forge‘s lawyer has declined to comment.
The former members originally filed the lawsuit after claiming they did not receive proper payment for their musical contributions and tours, and that they were not allowed to see any financial records from 2011-2016. They also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge denied those claims repeatedly.
Testimony by various key witnesses was heard and the district court decided there was not enough convincing evidence to prove a partnership existed. They also ordered the former members to pay Forge‘s legal fees. Forge claimed over 2 million kronor in fees, but the court decided 1.3 million kronor (roughly $145,000 USD) was more reasonable.