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Hempsons is accused by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of negligence. The claim comes in a writ issued last week against the law firm, which alleges it was negligent in its handling of a libel action brought by Dr Peter Bixon against Channel 4 in 1994. The writ accuses the firm of negligence and breach of professional duty in advice given to the MDU over the action. The MDU is represented in the action by Davies Arnold Cooper.