Litigation Writs 20/12/94

A London health authority is being sued for alleged negligence by a woman who underwent an unsuccessful abortion. Denise Fitzsimmons, of Mitcham, Surrey, accuses Wandsworth Health Authority, of London SW17, of negligence following the abortion on 13 June 1990.

Writ issued by Godfrey Davis & Baldwin, East Mitcham, Surrey. F813

The former managing director of the North Humberside company of Stoneville International is suing his former employers for breach of contract after being sacked from his job. Haluk Savas claims that at the time he still had around nine months of his contract left to run. He allegedly received notice telling him to resign or face dismissal by fax while he was on holiday with his family in Tenerife this summer.

Writ issued by Dibb Lupton Broomhead, Leeds. S2521

Kylie Minogue’s last chart success ‘Confide in me’ is at the centre of High Court action. Three music companies are locked in battle over copyright of the song. Complete Music claims ‘Confide in me’ breaches its copyright in a song called ‘It’s a fine day’, written by Owain Barton and sold to the company in 1983. Now it has issued a writ against BMG Music Publishing and MCA Music claiming damages. The writ alleges infringement of its copyright in the album ‘Kylie Minogue’ which includes ‘Confide in me’. The writ also claims that notes accompanying the records, tapes and CDs wrongly describe BMG and MCA as publishers of the song. Court orders are sought banning BMG and MCA from copyright breaches along with a court enquiry into the level of damages appropriate and an account of profits from the record.

Writ issued by Simpkins Partnership, London W1.


An Isle of Wight farm worker has launched a personal injury claim over the alleged effects of exposure to pesticides while at work. Richard Bruce is suing Andrew Turney, trading as Turneys, of Field Farm, Winfrith, Newburgh, Dorchester. He claims that the exposure took place while he was working for Turneys between November 1991 and 1994. The writ says that Bruce was exposed to Actellic D pesticide and accuses Turneys of breach of statutory duty and negligence.

Writ issued by Leigh Day & Co London WC1. B3244