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Instruments boss sues rival

THE FORMER chairwoman of ground engineering instrument manufacturer Monitoring Systems, Eileen Burnett, is suing rival manufacturers Boart Longyear, Slope Indicator and former MS consultant Chris Rasmussen, it emerged this week.

Burnett is claiming damages against BL and SI for inducing Rasmussen to breach an oral agreement by which he provided Burnett with consultancy services. She is also claiming damages for breach of constructive trust - an obligation between parties recognised by a court.

Rasmussen, who now works for BL, is being sued for breach of contract and damages and/or an account of profits arising out of breach of fiduciary duties.

Burnett is claiming further damages against all three defendants for damages arising out of breaches of copyright and design rights. She has also asked for an injunction relating to the design and manufacture of analogue electrolevels.

None of the parties involved was available to comment. The case is expected to be heard in the autumn.

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