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The former boss of Liberty Surf UK Ltd - the ISP bought by Tiscali in January 2001 - is locked in a bitter legal dispute over a claim that he's owed £67,500 from his previous employer.

Paul Myers, who is now chief exec of music download operation Wippit, began legal action after the liquidator for Liberty Surf rejected his claim for the cash. Now Myers is pressing ahead with his legal fight after the High Court ruled in March that he was entitled to bring his claim.

"I just want what's owed to me," said Myers. "They tried to close down a company before settling all their debts, which was wrong."

He alleges that his fight to secure the cash has also been obstructed by Tiscali, which, he claims, even denied that he had worked for the company.

In August 2002, Tiscali, decided to close Liberty Surf UK Limited as part of a restructuring operation. While the company - which had assets of more than £2.9m - paid his salary, he says he did not receive an annual bonus promised to him.

Despite calling for the £67,500 to be paid, in January 2004 the liquidator rejected Myers' claim to the cash.

Litigation solicitors CKFT, which is acting for Myers, said: "Our client considers that he has a good claim which has not been met by the liquidator despite the fact that similar claims by all of his co-directors have been paid and he is anxious that this dispute resolved quickly and without further unnecessary costs being incurred."

A spokeswoman for Tiscali UK declined to comment on the matter except to say: "There is a dispute between Paul Myers and our liquidator for Liberty Surf UK and we are awaiting a court date." ®

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