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Espionage case goes to High Court
Tuesday, 10, July, 2007, 17:26
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The legal case involving Ferrari and McLaren’s suspended chief designer Mike Coughlan has been adjourned at London’s High Court this morning.

Ferrari is taking action against Coughlan – who was officially named in the controversy for the first time when court documents were published – and his wife Trudy.

They are alleged to have had 780 pages of confidential Ferrari documents in their possession.

“Their conduct by taking these documents, knowing they were not entitled to them, copying them, keeping them – on any view they have behaved disgracefully,” Ferrari lawyer Nigel Tozzi QC was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The hearing was adjourned until tomorrow morning to allow Coughlan to submit an affidavit.

The situation is complicated by the presence of a parallel legal case in Italy, where Ferrari is taking action against its former engineer Nigel Stepney – who it accuses of supplying the documents to Coughlan.

The saga took another twist at Silverstone last Friday when Honda confirmed that Coughlan and Stepney had recently jointed approached the Brackley-based team with a view to joining its technical staff.

An FIA inquiry into the matter is also ongoing.

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