Ocean Grown Abalone (ASX:OGA) is having a bit of a legal tiff with its abalone supplier 888 Abalone.

888 Abalone has accused Ocean Grown of breaching a supply agreement.

Ocean Grown said it had been handed a letter from 888 Abalone’s lawyers alleging that looking at options for the future development of an onshore abalone hatchery and grow-out facility was in breach of their supply deal.

The company revealed in late February that it was exploring opportunities to increase its productivity.

Ocean Grown said it had found a patch of land near Esperance in Western Australia where it could potentially build the facility.

The company reckons 888 Abalone’s allegations are “without foundation” based on preliminary legal advice it has received.

Ocean Grown said it will continue to comply with the supply agreement with 888 Abalone, but that it will also still undertake a feasibility study to assess the development of an abalone hatchery.

In other legal news today:


  • Australian Whisky Holdings (ASX:AWY), a Sydney company with a taste for Tasmanian single malts, has received a second 249D notice, a motion to remove directors, from Hobart rich lister Bruce Neill.

    Via his family company Quality Life, Mr Neill wants to rid the whisky purveyor of four of its five directors: chair Terry Cuthbertson and directors Peter Herd, Gary Mares and Stuart Grant.


  • Pacific Dairies (ASX:PDF) has also received yet another 249D notice from the same group of shareholders that previously attempted to spill its board.

    The shareholder group wants to boot chairman Paul Duckett and directors Ray Taylor, Chris Egan and Trevor Kelly and replace them with William Clarke, former director Ping Huang and Alan Mitchell.


  • Gold explorer Crusader Resources (ASX:CAS) has escaped an attempted board spill after a rebel shareholder group dropped its push to have directors removed.

    The move came after the two directors the group wanted gone — Marcus Engelbrecht and Andrew Vickerman — quit anyway in early March.


  • Consolidated Zinc (ASX:CZL) is being sued by a local rancher the company struck a land use agreement with for its Plomosas zinc mine in Mexico.

    The rancher wanted the deal canned because Consolidated Zinc allegedly didn’t provide notification that the agreement would be transferred from another company to its Mexican subsidiary and also hadn’t paid the land use rental charges.

    Consolidated Zinc won against the rancher on two occasions but has lost its latest battle. The company says it will appeal the decision.