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Trafalgar hits VAI with two more writs

TWO more top VAI executives are being sued by Trafalgar House over sensational claims of industrial

espionage.

But the Austrian-owned firm has vowed to fight back and is planning to launch its own legal action against Trafalgar House.

The legal move by Trafalgar House follows a raid on VAIs offices in Poole, Dorset, when more than 2,000 documents and computer disks were seized.

Trafalgar claims it owns the documents and alleges they were obtained illegally.

Earlier this month Trafalgar issued writs against VAI employees, including Roy Tazzyman, managing director of VAIs UK subsidiary.

Mr Tazzyman was previously Davys chief executive but left the firm last year.

Now two more writs have been issued against the chief executive of VAI in Austria, Horst Weisinger, and the chief financial officer, Richard Guserl.

In them, Trafalgar claims that the two knew the UK company had illegally obtained confidential information from Davy.

VAI claims the row is just sour grapes after it scooped a 640 million steelworks contract in Saudi Arabia.

The company also claims Davy was hostile towards VAI ever since Davy closed its Poole operation last year.

A VAI spokesperson said: When news of that closure was announced, VAI Austria offered to acquire that business and thereby preserve the 250 jobs which were ultimately at stake, but Davy refused the offer.