THE seemingly unending feud between Cimas, the country’s second-biggest medical services provider, and fledgling medical services concern Corporate 24 will again play out in the court after the former filed summons claiming more than US$82 000 in prejudice.
According to court papers filed before the High Court, Cimas, which is being represented by Gill Godlonton and Gerrans, is claiming US$35 390 as damages for alleged claim irregularities spanning for a period of over eight years.
An additional US$46 565 is for reimbursement of the bill incurred by Cimas in commissioning an audit carried out by Grant Thornton Midrand.
Cimas also wants Corporate 24 to cover the cost of the suit.
“Plaintiffs’ claim against defendant is for payment of US$35 398 being damages suffered by plaintiff as a consequence of the defendants wrongful, unlawful and fraudulent conduct and a further amount of US$46 556 being the cost of the audit commissioned by the plaintiff in order to determine and quantify the loss suffered due to the defendant’s aforesaid conduct as appears more fully from plaintiff’s declaration hereto,” reads part of the summons filed on August 4.
In what could turn out to be another potentially bruising legal battle, Corporate 24, through its lawyers Musengi and Sigauke, has since registered its intention to defend.
The medical services provider, however, says it is owed in excess of US$500 000 in unpaid claims for services rendered to Cimas members and a further US$2,5 million it was prejudiced in potential revenue.
The two-year feud started when Cimas suspended Corporate 24 from the direct payment system around March 2015.
Source: The Sunday News