Glaxo takes legal action against animal rights extremists

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 06 May 2010

DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline is hoping it will no longer be targeted by animal rights extremists after taking legal action against them. A month ago the company, which has a large research headquarters in Stevenage, obtained a High Court emergency injuncti

DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline is hoping it will no longer be targeted by animal rights extremists after taking legal action against them.

A month ago the company, which has a large research headquarters in Stevenage, obtained a High Court emergency injunction against the Campaign Against Huntingdon Life Sciences after the group sent letters to GSK shareholders threatening to reveal their names on a website.

One woman from Stevenage informed the police and GSK saying she received one of the letters.

Now, as the group has not appealed against the High Court decision, it has become a full injunction meaning that it remains a criminal offence to send any threatening material to GSK shareholders.

A spokesman for GSK at its London headquarters said: "Since our interim injunction was given by the High Court there has been no appeal from the Campaign Against Huntingdon Life Sciences so after 14 days it became a full injunction and that remains in place."

After the threats were made, GSK chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier insisted the company would not be driven out of the country.

Since the injunction, both GSK and the police say there have been no further threats.

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