Litigation Writs 31/01/95

Sky TV faces a claim for $1.3 million in the High Court following allegations it is in breach of a deal under which it is said to have agreed to pay more than $2.3 million for film broadcasting rights. In a writ just issued against Sky Television, Penta International (UK) and Pentamerica Communications are suing for $1.3 million plus interest of $50,858. Penta International of London W1, and Pentamerica of California, are film agents and say they entered a deal with Sky on 22 September, 1992, for Sky to show nine films over 15 months for $2,350,000.

Writ issued by Theodore Goddard, London EC1.

Bernard Simpson, of London NW9, who claims his leg had to be amputated after treatment from a chiropodist is suing Barnet Healthcare Trust, Barnet Wellhouse Trust, and Barnet Family Health Authority for alleged negligence. His writ claims he was negligently treated by a chiropodist at Grahame Park Health Centre on 9 January 1992.

Writ issued by Bernard Oberman & Co, London WC2. S35

Ipswich prison officer Michael Watling, who was badly hurt in an accident at a Suffolk young offenders' institution, is suing the Home Office. Watling, 41, was injured while repairing light fittings in the vegetable preparation shop at HMYOI Hollesley Bay, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk. The writ says he had been standing in a large wooden box placed in the forks of a forklift truck, which was lifted about five feet into the air. After finishing the work, he stood to one side and the box tipped up, and he fell to the ground with the box landing on top of him. Watling claims his injuries have left him at a severe disadvantage when seeking work and accuses the Home Office of negligence for allegedly failing to devise a safe system of work, failing to inform him a safety cage was available, and failing to provide a step ladder with a platform until after the accident.

Writ issued by Mishcon De Reya, London WC1. W30

Retired Southampton tax man George Gould, who claims he developed RSI and stress at work, is suing the Commissioners of Inland Revenue. He says he developed RSI and stress as a result of working in the Inland Revenue tax office at Southampton between 1966 and his retirement in 1991.

Writ issued by Russell Jones & Walker, London WC1