Day 255 - 23 May 96 - Page 02
1 Thursday, 23rd May, 1996.
3 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes. Come back into the witness box, please
4 Mr. Nicholson.
6 Sidney Thompson Nicholson, Recalled:
7 Cross-examined by the Defendants, Continued:
9 MS. STEEL: Could you, please, get out the file "words
10 complained of"?
11 A. Words complained of?
13 Q. Yes. It has a pink label.
15 MR. JUSTICE BELL: It does not have a number on, so it is
16 probably one of the ones on the top or in the far
17 right-hand corner?
18 A. I have it, my Lord.
20 MS. STEEL: You were basically responsible for liaising with the
21 solicitors over all legal action or threatened legal action
22 that was going to be taken over any publications
23 criticising McDonald's?
24 A. Yes. Any litigation arising out of publications from
25 1983 onwards, I would be the main McDonald's person
28 Q. Right.
29 A. In the United Kingdom, yes.
31 Q. But they were then authorised by Paul Preston if it was
32 actually going to go any further or what?
33 A. Yes. If it went beyond writing a solicitors letter, or
34 something like that, if it was likely to result in the
35 Company going to litigation, then I would let Paul know and
36 he would let his Board Members know.
38 Q. Do you mean Board Members in the UK or in the US?
39 A. I think he would have to report to the Board, which
40 would include the three American Members who sat on the
43 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes, but that is the UK Board?
44 A. That is the UK Board, my Lord, certainly.
46 MS. STEEL: Who were those 3 US Members on the UK Board?
47 A. Fred Turner, Mike Quinlan and Jim Cantelupo. I am not
48 sure whether he had to go to them for permission, I think
49 it was a case of courtesy that he let them know that he
52 Q. They are not based in the UK, are they?
53 A. No.
55 Q. Right. If we turn to tab 1?
56 A. Yes?
58 Q. This says it is the lead student magazine; do you remember
60 A. No, I am afraid I do not.