Litigation Writs 18/04/95

Porsche Cars (GB) is suing Graham Brooks, of Poole, Dorset, who it claims crashed and damaged a Porsche he had taken for a test drive. The claim is for more than u4,000 for the cost of repairs. According to the writ the damage happened to a Porsche 928 during a test drive on 5 May last year. It says it was a term of the agreement that Brooks could test drive the vehicle that he would enter into a form of disclaimer and indemnity, and that Porsche would be entitled to recover full compensation from him for any loss caused through his negligence.

Writ issued by Kingsford Stacey, London WC2.

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) has issued four writs seeking music bans pending payment of licence and back licence fees. It alleges music has been played publicly without a licence being in force at: Miami Subs snack bar, Bath; the Hen and Chicken Inn at Upper Froyle, near Alton; the Laguna Hotel in Bournemouth; and Highbury Bakery, Islington. Damages are sought in each case along with an order banning any further use of copyrighted music until a licence is taken out in respect of the premises.

Writs issued by Maidstones, London W1. CH 1617, 1618, 1620 1621.

John Wetton, guitarist with 1970s band 'Uriah Heep', has launched a High Court compensation action claiming he has lost more than u376,000 as a result of unauthorised loans made from his pension fund by his former accountant. Wetton, chartered accountant Richard Rosenberg and Denton and Co Trustees have issued a writ against chartered accountants Casson Beckman, and former partner in the firm John Goldring. The writ claims Goldring, a former trustee of Wetton's pension scheme, made unauthorised loans from the scheme to a property development company of which he was a director and major shareholder. Goldring is accused of acting in breach of trust and in breach of his fiduciary duties to the pension fund trustees.

Writ issued by Clintons, London WC2.

Fine art and antique packers Featherstone Shipping is being sued for damages after a bronze sculpture of Sarah Bernhardt was stolen while in its care. Ronald Price, of South Africa, claims it was stolen while in the firm's London premises.

Writ issued by Ingledew Brown Bennison & Garrett, London EC3. P400.