A raised middle finger posted on social media, excessive drinking and allegations of intellectual property theft are at the centre of a legal battle to clawback a $1.3 million bonus paid to the former head of Asia at Treasury Wine Estates. While the action brought against star salesman Peter Dixon is being viewed as a test case for executive remuneration, it also has the potential to open old wounds at the maker of Penfolds and Wolf Blass. The case, filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria, comes after Mr Dixon left TWE for rival Accolade Wines in February. He has since poached five staff from his former employer and is known to be in negotiation with several others. Peter Dixon (third from the left) was warned about his social media use while head of Asia for TWE. Supplied “Minimal people have followed Peter Dixon to Accolade, we have no regrettable losses,” TWE said in a statement, while declining to comment on the legal action that does not mention the poaching. In seeking to make its case against Mr Dixon, TWE have disclosed he was warned twice about his conduct . In March 2017, TWE wrote to Mr Dixon over “unacceptable behaviour including his consumption of alcohol at work-re...