The Times paying legal bills of fired biotech researcher

Joe Toth jtoth at NOSPAMlisco.com
Sun Sep 6 13:16:24 EST 1998


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The Times pays Millar's costs in Biotech battle 

By Andrew Clark
 
The Times newspaper is paying the legal bills of Andrew Millar, the
former British  Biotech  research chief who was sacked in April. 
Dr Millar faces a High Court action from the company for alleged
breach of confidentiality. 
He says his defence costs have already passed pounds 10,000. The
Times gave him an indemnity against costs in May, in return for a
written affidavit about events at British  Biotech.  
Alastair Brett, the paper's solicitor, said: "Before he gave us an
affidavit, he insisted we indemnify him in case he was sued by
British Biotech for disclosure of information. He has, not
surprisingly, triggered that indemnity." Mr Brett said the paper
needed Dr Millar's affidavit to fight an injunction brought by the
company to prevent publication of certain details. "We wanted to
publish a matter which we thought was relevant and important for our
readers. We are obligated to look after someone, just as your paper
would be if someone gave you a good story."
Mr Brett said: "I have not the slightest doubt that we will win this
and I will have no hesitation in going after British  Biotech  for
costs." Dr Millar's lawyers have reserved the right to make a
counter-claim against British  Biotech.  They are considering
claiming pounds 90,000 for alleged wrongful dismissal and a further
pounds 90,000 in "stigma damages" - money to compensate Dr Millar if
he is unable to find another job. Dr Millar has also brought a claim
for unfair dismissal at an industrial tribunal. This would yield
maximum damages of under pounds 15,000 and an initial hearing this
week will determine whether it goes ahead before the High Court
case. 
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thanks to
The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)  
August 24, 98 

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