A man has launched libel proceedings against the chief executive of the Stobart Group and owner of Carlisle Airport.
Aviation consultant Peter Elliott alleges he has suffered distress, injury and multiple attacks on his professional and personal integrity after Andrew Tinkler told specialist aviation regulator the Civil Aviation Authority that he had been sacked.
According to Mr Elliot, in fact, he had withdrawn his services in protest over "criminal aviation activities" going on at Carlisle Airport, the Cumberland News reports.
He has issued proceedings at the high court in Newcastle and is seeking an apology from Mr Tinkler in the News & Star, as well as damages and payment of his legal costs.
Meanwhile, the Stobart Group owner argues the claims are "irrelevant and scurrilous" and says they should be struck out.
Legal papers are currently being considered by district judge Ian Atherton but a date for a hearing has not yet been decided on.