14 December 2011
Businessman awarded libel damages
Compensation totalling £80,000 has been awarded to a businessman who took legal action against a former colleague on the grounds of libel and breach of privacy.
Matthew Cooper - executive chairman of Imaginatik, a global firm that helps businesses produce better results through innovation - sued founder of the company Mark Turrell after he alleged he could not fulfil his duties properly due to a brain tumour.
During a case at the High Court in London, it was revealed that Mr Turrell had secretly recorded a private conversation between Mr Cooper and Shawn Taylor, another director, regarding the claimants health.
He then redistributed this information via email, a phone call and on the internet and indicated that Mr Cooper had failed to disclose his full medical details when joining the company.
However, Mr Justice Tugendhat has dismissed this notion as Mr Cooper was not ill at that stage.
Therefore, he ordered £50,000 damages to be paid to the man for libel and a further £30,000 on the grounds of misuse of confidential information.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas