Stansted Airport is seeking High Court permission, under the Civil Aviation Act 1982, to sell two Lockheed L011-385-1 aircraft which were formerly UK registered but are now without nationality registration. The airport's action is against Investors Asset Holding Corp of Massachusetts, USA, represented by Theodore Goddard. It is also suing Elmo Ventures of the British Virgin Islands, represented by Norton Rose, and TPI Leasing of Texas, USA, represented by Hobson Audley Hopkins & Wood.
Originating summons issued by Herbert Smith, London EC2.
A woman who suffered severe injuries in an accident caused by an uninsured driver has launched a claim for more than £100,000. Blaithin Clancy-Finley needed 21 operations for the injuries she received in March 1997 when she was crushed between her broken-down car and a vehicle driven by Joanne Walker. The writ says she was about to help her husband push their car into the side of the road on the A119 at Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, when she was struck by Walker's vehicle, resulting in severe injuries. She spent more than six months in hospital and is likely to need more surgery. Walker was later convicted of driving without due care and attention, driving while unfit through drink and driving uninsured. The writ says that, as a result of her injuries, Mrs Clancy-Finley has been left severely disabled and wheelchair-bound. She has had to give up her pre-accident hobbies of walking, cycling and dancing.
Writ issued by Hawkins Russell Jones, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority is being sued by a hepatitis victim. The claim has been mounted on behalf of a boy who is said to have contracted the disease after being treated with contaminated blood products. The writ does not name the boy, whose mother has mounted the claim on his behalf. It alleges he contracted the Hepatitis C virus through the health authority's negligence and breach of statutory duty in September 1996. It says that this was when blood products were administered to him.
Writ issued by Deas Mallen Souter, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Amec Construction of Stratford on Avon has launched a High Court action against Luton-based Checkout Computer Systems, claiming £212,675 in respect of a contract to build a new office. Amec says that it carried out a concept study and, in June 1998, Checkout issued a notice of intention to enter into a contract for the offices. The writ says that, in reliance on that and another letter, Amec proceeded with design work and ordered steel for the job. But it claims that in August 1998 Checkout instructed it to cease all work connected with the project. Now Amec says it is entitled to recover all expenditure reasonably incurred in connection with the work.
Writ issued by Masons, Bristol.