Lord Conrad Black is so determined to dismiss the $1.25 billion (€1bn; £675m) lawsuit raised against him by Hollinger International [H-Intl] that he has filed a second lawsuit against the US publishing company.

While Black's first counter lawsuit declares no wrongdoing by the defendants [WAMN: 08-Jul-04], the new one describes H-Intl's accusations as "vague and ambiguous" and "devoid of specific and particularized factual claims."

But although Black's filing claims H-Intl has failed to substantiate its accusations, a spokesman for the peer's former company mocked the action: "We are confident that it will be unsuccessful, and that the judicial process will result in a substantial recovery for the company."

The case against Black alleges he channelled H-Intl money into his own private company, Ravelston Management, which filed a separate dismissal suit hours before Black's latest volley.

Data sourced from: Times Online (UK); additional content by WARC staff