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New Heileman boss wins lawsuit against his former employer.

New Heileman boss wins lawsuit against his former employer

The newly appointed chairman of G. Heileman Brewing Co. has won a lawsuit against Commodore International Ltd. alleging the computer giant broke a contract by ousting him as chief executive officer in 1987.

A federal jury in New York City decided last week in favor of Thomas Rattigan in his breach of contract case against Commodore.

Judge Michael Mukasey, who presided over the trial, will decide damages at a future date.

Rattigan, who was hired last month as chief executive officer at LaCrosse, WI-based Heileman, is seeking up to $9 million in damages from Commodore.

Commodore ousted Rattigan in April 1987, just a year after making him chief executive officer and only months after giving him a five-year contract for his role in bringing the company back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Rattigan said in his lawsuit that the company began to lessen his authority in January 1987 and steadily took away his responsibilities until he was suspended in April of that year.

He resigned that month when he went to his office at Commodore's West Chester, PA, headquarters and security personnel removed him from his office and ordered him off the grounds.

The lawsuit also said many of Commodore's other top executives were fired at the same time.
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Title Annotation:G. Heileman Brewing Co.; Thomas Rattigan; Commodore International Ltd.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Feb 25, 1991
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