Litigation Writs 19/11/96

Three new writs have been issued in the growing number of claims against the Medical Research Council and the Secretary of State over growth hormone treatment alleged to have caused, or alleged to have posed a threat of causing, CJD. The latest writs were issued by Steven Woodcock of Lancashire, Jacqueline McCollin of Middlesex, and Edward Gray, of Perth, Scotland.

Writs issued by Jobling & Knape, Carnforth, Lancashire and Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF) is to be sued for damages in the High Court over alleged misuse of the name of the Adas Arable Research Centre. Arable Research Centres of the Manor Farm, Cirencester, has issued a writ against MAFF, Philip Needham and Dr David Hughes. The firm seeks a declaration that agricultural services provided by MAFF, and authorised by Needham and Hughes, are wrongly being passed off as the agricultural services of Arable Research Centres. They also seek an injunction restraining Needham and Hughes from continuing to authorise MAFF's agricultural services as those of ARC.

Writ issued by Church Adams Tatham, London WC1, agent for Townsends of Swindon.

Robert Wright, 42, a transport policeman from Longfield, Kent, who was seriously injured when a thief crashed into his car is suing. Wright, of Newbarn, Longfield, has issued a writ against Daniel Nixon, of Bow, London E3, claiming Nixon crashed into his car as he was attempting to evade arrest 7 January 1994. Nixon was convicted by magistrates at Redbridge of theft and travelling equipped for theft. Wright received spinal injuries in the accident and has since had to give up work.

Writ issued by Reynolds Dawson, London WC2.

The family of a Middlesborough woman who died after contracting the Hepatitis C virus during treatment at South Cleveland Hospital in November last year has launched a High Court damages claim against the company that supplied the medical products said to have led to the infection. Jon Fields, and his children of Linthorpe, Middlesborough, have issued a writ seeking damages from Baxter Healthcare, of Thetford, Norfolk. The writ claims Patricia Fields was injected with a medicinal product supplied through Baxters

Writ issued by Smith Llewelyn Partnership, Swansea.