Litigation Writs 16/12/97

A Welsh milk-producing company is facing a £1.2m claim from the Government over allegations that it vastly exceeded its milk quotas. The Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce, which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has issued a writ in London against Elm Farms of Whitland, Dyfed, accusing it of producing more than six million litres of milk above its quota levels. The Intervention Board is suing for £1,260,796 with interest of £76,679 and continuing interest of £264 a day.

Writ issued by the solicitor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Shop assistant Joseph Jobe, who was badly injured when he slipped and fell at work, at Brent Park, Neasden, is suing Tesco Stores. His writ says the accident happened in 1995 as Jobe was about to pull a trolley loaded with goods from a loading bay. One of the wheels jammed and he fell, suffering serious injuries. The writ accuses Tesco of negligence in failing to ensure the loading bay floor was free from substances likely to cause Jobe to slip, failing to ensure the trolley was in good working order, overloading the trolley so that it was too heavy to move, and failing to devise a safe and suitable method of cleaning the floor.

Writ issued by Nelson Cuff, Harrow.

The Department of Transport is suing Shropshire County Council for more £100,000 after having to pay compensation to the victims of a road accident. Catherine Clougher and Adrian Clarkson, who were hurt in an accident in 1991 on the A41 at Stamford Bridge, Shropshire, are to receive compensation from the DoT, according to the writ. Now the DoT is suing the council for an indemnity against the money paid or to be paid.

Writ issued by the Treasury Solicitor.

East Sussex County Council is being taken to the High Court by three local authorities in a £1.3m claim over the cost of coast protection work. Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council have issued a writ against the county council, claiming damages for an alleged breach of a series of agreements relating to coast protection schemes. The writ says that the agreements were in respect of county council contributions to the cost of the work.

Writ issued by Sharpe Pritchard, London WC1.