Feb 6, 2017

Cauldwell legal case can include new claims

A French businesswoman who is embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with billionaire John Caudwell, the founder of Phones4u, can include new allegations made by another female executive in an upcoming trial, a judge ruled on Monday. Signia, controlled by the Caudwell family trust, is suing Ms Dauriac-Stoebe in the High Court, alleging that she was a "Bad leaver" and was fairly dismissed as an employee and director because she had claimed expenses to which she was not entitled. However Ms Dauriac-Stoebe has filed counterclaims saying her expenses were not dishonest and alleging she was forced from her role as chief executive to "Punish" her after she queried the lawfulness of financial transactions in which Mr Caudwell was involved. Now Ms Dauriac-Stoebe has won permission from Chief Master Matthew Marsh to include testimony about what her lawyer said were "Strikingly similar" allegations made by Tracy Gehlan, who ran a Polish fitness business in which Mr Caudwell was the main shareholder. Monica Carss-Frisk QC representing Mr Caudwell had argued that Ms Dauriac-Stoebe was "Seeking to have a trial within a trial" and there was "No overlap" between the two cases.

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