Nick Xenophon launches legal action against his former law firm

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Former South Australian senator and lawyer Nick Xenophon has launched legal action against his former law firm over the continued use of ‘X’ (a “derivative of his name”) in its new business title.

This comes despite Mr Xenophon leaving the firm last year.

According to ABC News, the former senator filed a statement of claim with the Federal Court in March against XD Law and Advocacy Pty Ltd, formerly known as “Xenophon Davis Pty Ltd.”

Mr Xenophon wants the business name to be changed by removing the letter X, and that the respondents pay his costs for the legal proceedings.

The SA Best leader, Nick Xenophon, proposed an extensive crackdown on pokies in the South Australian election campaign. Photograph: Russell Millard/AAP
Nick Xenophon launches legal action against his former law firm. Photo: Russell Millard/AAP.

In the claim, Mr Xenophon cited examples of media articles where he has been referred to as Mr X.

The legal document also alleged that the firm’s existing partners Mark Davis and Natalija Nikolic breached a deed that was written up when Mr Xenophon left the firm. The deed allegedly required Mr Davis and Ms Nikolic to “cease using the applicant’s name and any identifying marks, symbols or images which associated their firm with [Mr Xenophon].”

In a statement, Mr Davis hit back at the claims, saying he utterly “rejects Mr Xenophon’s apparent belief that he owns a letter of the alphabet.”

Mr Xenophon declined to comment on the case.

Source: ABC News.

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