$20m 'Dial a Local Dr' dispute settles out of court

A TOOWOOMBA couple and a businessman have resolved a $20 million dispute out of court.

Toowoomba doctor Ellis Gibson and his wife Margaret took legal action against Zaffar Iqubal Khan after their business partnership in Dial a Local Doctor turned sour.

In 2012 the Gibsons paid Mr Khan $550,000 to have partnership in Toowoomba's Dial a Local Doctor service. They also played a part in expanding the service at Mt Isa and Tweed Heads.

Mr Khan was then part of the service's expansion to other areas of Queensland, NSW and Victoria in the following years, court documents show.

But the Gibsons claimed they had not seen any returns on their investment and were out of pocket.

Court documents showed Mr Khan allegedly transferred money from the business's bank account into his own account.

The Gibsons applied to the Supreme Court to order Mr Khan to freeze about $20 million and a judge ordered the parties undertake mediation.

On Friday Brisbane Supreme Court heard the matter had settled and that the case did not need to be listed anymore.

It is unclear what settlement was reached. - APN NEWSDESK


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