Litigation Writs 1/2/99

The former manager of the Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham, is heading for a High Court showdown with record giant Virgin Records. He is suing Virgin for damages for alleged infringement of copyright. Oldham's writ seeks an injunction restraining Virgin from infringing his copyright in the song "The Last Time" made in 1963 and said to feature a performance by The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra. He is also seeking an order that Virgin hand over all infringing copies of the recording, and an order for forfeiture under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. In addition, Oldham is asking for a High Court inquiry into damages for infringement of copyright or an account of profits, and payment of all sums found due.

Writ issued by Kanaar and Co, London W1.

A Cheltenham man who was badly hurt on holiday in Barbados has launched a High Court action for compensation. Richard Whittle of Cheltenham is suing First Choice Holidays and Flights – of Crawley, West Sussex – alleging negligence and breach of statutory duty.

Writ issued by Stewarts, London WC2, Queens Bench W711

Top accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers is facing a High Court confrontation with Elton John. The firm, sued in its previous name of Price Waterhouse, is accused of breach of contract and negligence in performance of its duties as Sir Elton's accountant and financial adviser from January 1988 to April 1998. The writ also seeks damages from Andrew Mansel Haydon for breach of trust, but does not specify his role in handling the music star's affairs. Price Waterhouse and Haydon are also being sued by Happenstance, William A Bong and J Bondi. They are also seeking damages for alleged breach of contract and statutory duty and negligence in respect of Price Waterhouse's duty as auditor from January 1988 to April 1998, and in the provision of accountancy services and ancillary financial advice during the same period. Their claim against Haydon is for alleged breach of contract and negligence in performance of his duties from 1986 to 1998.

Writ issued by Eversheds, London EC4.

Suffolk farmer Sir Charles Blois has launched a High Court action claiming damages for breach of contract over a boat. Sir Charles Blois is suing Crompton Marine (UK) for the return of u58,518 he claims he paid for the intended supply of a diesel-powered vessel based on a Crompton Sea Hunter hull. Sir Charles, of Saxmundham, Suffolk, is also claiming damages from Crompton Marine, of Lowestoft, Suffolk, for alleged breach of a January 1998 contract in addition to return of the money he says he has paid the company.

Writ issued by Blake Lapthorn, London WC2.

Drugs manufacturer Zeneca is being sued for more than u190,000 over the disposal of its waste products. South Wirrall-based Caird Environmental has issued a writ, seeking payment of u190,350 and interest from Zeneca, in respect of an agreement under which Caird alleges Zeneca agreed to pay Caird u106 a tonne to receive and treat waste at Caird's PMG processing plant in Huddersfield. The writ claims Zeneca also agreed to pay another u64.80 per tonne if the aggregate amount of waste per year fell short of 2,500 tonnes. It claims that Zeneca has failed to pay the u190,350 still due.

Writ issued by Stephenson Harwood, London EC4