Litigation Writs 08/10/96

Mitre Furnishing Group, of South Tolworth, Surrey, is suing its former credit controller for damages over an alleged fraud. It has issued a writ against Ashley Hardy, of Rotherfield, East Sussex, for £422,600 which it claims represents the value of goods and materials he fraudulently converted. Mitre is also suing Ganshyam Patel, of Claygate, Surrey, and Robert Berwick, of Brentwood, Essex, for damages for fraud over goods and materials supplied without payment to Action Fayre and ABS Worldwide by Hardy. Mitre has issued a third writ, against Action Fayre, trading as Cosmafran International, of Wembley, and ABS Worldwide, of Alperton, Middlesex. It is suing Action Fayre for £288,771 and ABS for £114,751.

Writs issued by Philip Ross & Co, London W1.

SAB Syker Agrarberatungs und Handels Gmbh, of Syke, Germany, owner of a cargo of cattle that died during a flight from Belgium to Saudi Arabia, has issued a writ claiming damages from Rawford Aviation Services, of London SE1. SAB is claiming damages under the Carriage By Air Act for the destruction or damage to the cattle during the flight, or alternatively damages for breach of written contracts. It is also claiming damages for breach of duty over the handling and care of the cattle.

Writ issued by Holman Fenwick & Willan, of London EC3.

A solicitor acting in divorce proceedings is suing his client's former husband for damages over a letter he wrote. James Dirks and the law firm, John W Richardson & Co, are suing David Ryder for damages over a letter he wrote on a copy of the firm's headed notepaper. Dirks, of Christchurch, Dorset, is acting for Sandra Ryder, who is seeking a divorce from David Ryder. The writ claims David Ryder circulated the letter, which purported to be written on a copy of the firm's headed notepaper, to estate agent Herrings of Parkstone, Dorset, and also to unknown people in Dorset, particularly in Poole, Bournemouth, Christ-church and Parkstone. It alleges the letter contained false words which were published maliciously and calculated to cause pecuniary damage to Dirks and the law firm, and to injure their good reputation and standing, as well as being calculated to disparage Dirks in his office as consultant.

Writ issued by John W Richardson & Co, of High Street, Christchurch.