Litigation Writs 21/6/99

High Court action has been launched on behalf of a Crawley boy said to have suffered adverse effects following a vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella. The claim has been issued on behalf of Daniel Wakeford, through his mother Carol Wakeford, against SmithKline Beecham and SmithKline and French Laboratories, both of Brentford, Middlesex. The claim seeks damages for personal injuries, inconvenience and distress, allegedly resulting from a Pluserix MMR vaccination made by the companies, which was administered on 8 March 1989. The companies are accused of negligence in their research, manufacture, testing and development of the vaccine; in the processing, compilation and presentation of the data obtained; in their submissions to the relevant licensing authorities; and in the sale, supply, marketing and post-product licensing surveillance and evaluation of the vaccine. They are also accused of negligent mis-statement in the marketing of the vaccine.

Claim issued by Hodge Jones & Allen, London NW

Widow Nicola Everlegh, whose husband, David, died in an accident involving a G-registered Toyota Celica, which it is alleged was not roadworthy, is suing Tourist Trophy Farnham, of Bromley, Kent; Save Wood Products of Cowes, Isle of Wight; and Toyota (GB), of Redhill, Surrey. In an action brought on her own behalf and that of her children Everlegh claims there were defects in the vehicle that affected its overall safety, roadworthiness, fitness for purpose and suitability for use in her husband's work. She also alleges failure in proper maintenance, examination and inspection of the car, and negligence, negligent mis-statement, breach of contract, breach of statutory duty and misrepresentation.

Claim issued by Bonham Carter Everlegh of Cairnbrook, Isle of Wight

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions is suing Surrey County Council over land at Leatherhead, Surrey. A declaration is sought that the Secretary of State is beneficially entitled to a share in the property between the M25 and the Leatherhead bypass, known as Leatherhead Motorway Maintenance Compound. The claim is brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, and the Trustee Act 1925. Injunctions are also sought restraining the council from excluding the Secretary of State and his agents or contractors from the property, disposing of the site or receiving money from the site before appointing a second trustee.

Originating summons issued by the Treasury Solicitor

A manager for Entertainment UK is suing for damages after being seriously injured in a car accident. Helen Sawers claims she is unlikely to make a full recovery from the head injury she received and needs a stick when walking. Although she has returned to part-time work, her claim says she is likely to be at a very significant disadvantage on the labour market. She is also claiming damages for the likely loss of her career. She was knocked down as she crossed a road in Hayes in February 1998, by a car allegedly driven negligently by Rita Walker of Hayes. In addition to head injuries, the claim says Sawers also suffered post-traumatic amnesia of three months and multiple fractures.

Claim issued by Bird & Lovibond, Uxbridge