TLP takes Vauxhall to court over contract termination

Vauxhall is being sued for more than pounds 720,000 by marketing company TLP, following claims that the car manufacturer illegally terminated a three-year marketing support contract and enticed one of TLP’s employees to join a rival firm.

Vauxhall is being sued for more than pounds 720,000 by marketing

company TLP, following claims that the car manufacturer illegally

terminated a three-year marketing support contract and enticed one of

TLP’s employees to join a rival firm.



Three divisions of the Surrey-based marketing agency - TLP

Communications, TLP plc and TLP Technology - have filed papers to sue

Vauxhall for money still owing, breach of contract, damages and

interest.



TLP’s solicitor, Roiter Zucker, said that the action was filed in the

High Court at the start of November. ’The contract was for the provision

of advertising and marketing services. The company is claiming breach of

contract and damages,’ said a spokesman for the solicitors’ office.



TLP is suing after Vauxhall indicated its intention to repudiate a

three-year contract which it had signed in 1997. TLP claims it made it

known to Vauxhall that the manufacturer had decided to cancel the

contract in December 1998 both in written letters and by not providing

services to the company after that date.



TLP Communications also claims that Vauxhall procured one of its

employees, Gary Pring, to work for a rival company, Broadway

Communications. A spokesman for Vauxhall said the company had received

the writ and planned to ’defend it vigorously’. TLP was unavailable for

comment.



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