The Times pays fired scientist's costs in biotech battle 
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 The Times pays fired scientist's costs in biotech battle

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

thanks to
The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)  
August 24, 98

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Thu, 22 Feb 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 The Times pays fired scientist's costs in biotech battle

>The bottom line it seems, with regards to biotechnology genetically
>engineered foods, is that, without our consent, we are all being
>used as guinea pigs by a profit driven industry, for a dangerous
>technological experiment.

   ROFL.  That happens any time somebody sells you a new model of car.
But some people seem to be paranoid about things they eat.

   Biotechnology does things that selective breeding does, but faster.
It also transfers genes between species, but that happens in nature
also (some viruses do it) and by mechanisms often unknown (perhaps
fungi are vectors).  For example, the swollen thorn acacia and the ants
that live upon it share a few genes.  How did that happen?  Certainly
not bioengineering. But we've long known that organisms are not "books"
of genes, but rather looseleaf binders of genes, and nature herself
swaps some pages around between them all the time.  It doesn't seem to
cause disaster in the natural world.  

                                          Steve Harris, M.D.

Thu, 22 Feb 2001 03:00:00 GMT
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