Compaq is suing an ex-employee for damages in excess of #100,000 for alleged deceit, fraudulent conspiracy and breach of his employment contract.
The computer giant has instigated a High Court action against Frank Wright, whose contract with Compaq began in November 1993. Compaq is also suing Riverside Associates UK for damages for allegedly inducing Wright to breach his contract, as well as for deceit and fraudulent conspiracy.
Wright is listed as secretary, director and 90 per cent shareholder of Riverside Associates, according to Companies House records. It also showed he was appointed as secretary and director of Riverside before 29 May 1992. The firm's operations are detailed as materials, machinery, educational supplies and general goods.
Wright is listed as a computer consultant, secretary and director of Anyon Consultancy, appointed on 19 February 1997. Wright refused to comment on the case.
According to the writ issued by Compaq, the vendor seeks an account of the total amount of money that Wright and Riverside Associates received from the vendor, on the grounds that they constitute unjust enrichment through breaches of contract and fraudulent conspiracy.
In addition, the manufacturer is seeking High Court orders that will enable it to identify, preserve and recover the money, plus any profit or assets realised from the money, as will as interest.
Through the court order, Compaq is also seeking an injunction against Wright and Riverside to restrain them from disposing of any of their assets, or diminishing the value of those assets.
The vendor hopes the order will cover assets both in and out of England and Wales; assets both solely and jointly owned; and assets either in or not in its own name. Compaq declined to comment.
Meanwhile, following the deal between Compaq and Tech Data in the US for the Prosignia PC range, Compaq representatives said last week similar models would be released in the UK but 'routes to market were still being worked out'.
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