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INM cannot delay legal action by former executives, court rules

Dec 2, 2021

The High Court has refused an application by Independent News and Media (INM) for a stay on proceedings against it by two of its former executives over an alleged data breach in the company in 2014. Former INM CEO Gavin O’Reilly and former INM director of corporate affairs Karl Brophy are suing INM, and its former chairman Leslie Buckley, on grounds including alleged breach of privacy and data protection rights. The defendants deny the claims. Mr Buckley took no position on the stay application but also denies any wrongdoing and has authorised a full defence, the court heard. INM, in its application, said a stay should be granted until two inspectors, appointed by the High Court, have completed their investigation. The inspectors were appointed in 2018 following an application to the court by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) over a number of matters, including the alleged 2014 data breach. The ODCE had carried out its own inquiry before this, following protected disclosures by two former executives including its then CEO Robert Pitt. Mr O’Reilly and Mr Brophy opposed the INM stay application. In his judgment refusing the INM application, Mr Justice Garrett Simons said INM argued there was a significant overlap, if not complete identity, between the legal issues which supposedly fall to be “determined” by the inspectors on the one hand, and by the High Court in the O’Reilly/Brophy proceedings on the other. It had also submitted that the inspectors will carry significant evidential weight in downstream civil proceedings, and will be admissible in the O’Reilly/Brophy proceedings under company law. The plaintiffs disputed INM’s characterisation of the statutory investigation. The High Court inspectors are not adjudicating upon the legal rights or obligations of the parties to the O’Reilly/Brophy litigation and would not reach a binding determination on any relevant point of law which is of assistance to these proceedings, it was claimed. Mr Justice Simons said the company failed to put forward any countervailing factor which would justify interfering with the plaintiffs’ constitutional right of access to the courts. Business Newsletter

Leslie Buckley Investments

3 Investments

Leslie Buckley has made 3 investments. Their latest investment was in GoContractor as part of their Series A on February 2, 2021.

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Company

Amount

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2/17/2021

Series A

GoContractor

$5M

No

13

11/8/2017

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$99M

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10

3/18/2015

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

2/17/2021

11/8/2017

3/18/2015

Round

Series A

Unattributed

Seed VC

Company

GoContractor

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$5M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

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