Litigation Writs 05/03/96

High Court action has been launched against a rattle manufacturer by Mother and Baby magazine after a number of babies were injured by rattles distributed with the magazine. The writ says many of the rattles distributed broke, cutting babies and toddlers on their mouths and faces, while other babies coughed and choked on broken parts of the rattles. Now Mother and Baby publisher Emap Elan, which could face personal injury claims from the families of the injured children, is suing rattle manufacturers Parsons International, of Andover, Hampshire. The writ claims the 165,000 rattles distributed failed to meet safety standards set by the 1995 Toys (Safety) Regulations, and the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Writ issued by Greenwoods of Peterborough.

A woman who claims her husband deserted her one minute after their wedding in 1966 is suing the man she accuses of jilting her the moment wedding vows had been taken, Irene Titherley, of Southampton, is suing Horace William Fanstone, also of Southampton, for damages. Her writ, just issued at the High Court in London, claims Fanstone never intended to live with her.

Writ issued by litigant in person.

Philip Pedley, of Mold, Clwyd, is suing for libel damages over an entry in a political directory. Pedley has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from publishers Longman Group UK, of Harlow, Essex, and Catermill International, of London W1. He claims he was libelled in the Directory of British Political Organisation 1994, written by Paul Mercer and published by Longman.

Writ issued by Bindman & Partners, London WC1.

A health authority worker who claims she contacted tuberculosis while at work is suing former bosses accusing them of negligence. Carol Leeman, of Boston, Lincolnshire, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from South Lincolnshire Health Authority and Pilgrim Health NHS Trust, both of Pilgrim Hospital, Boston; South Derbyshire Health Authority, of Derby; and Derbyshire Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, also of Derby. The writ says she contracted TB while working for the authorities between 1988 and 1991 and it accuses them of negligence and breach of duty for failing to screen, immunise or protect her.

Writ issued by Taylor Joynson Garrett, London EC4.