£10,000 claim after trailer allegations
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THE alleged defamation of one Scottish trailer manufacturing company by another, and incidents said to have taken place at the 1963 Motor Show in Glasgow, have led to an action for £10,000 damages.
In a judgment in the Court of Session, Lord Avonside has ordered certain deletions in the defender's averments and has allowed a proof before answer.
The action is raised by Northern Trailer Co. Ltd., Bishopbriggs, against York Trailer Co. Ltd., Glasgow.
Following legal debate on the averments, Lord Avonside said that on November 6, 1963, a trailer manufactured by the Northern Trailer Co. broke its back while on a journey from Newcastle to Dundee. The matter was given some publicity in a newspaper report which contained a photograph of the trailer.
The Northern Co. alleges that the York Co. used copies of this photograph at the 1963 Motor Show in Glasgow, and with it, and through the actions and speech of their representatives at the show, spread it among interested persons that the trailers made and sold by Northern Co. about the date of the show were of defective manufacture and incapable of performing the job for which they were designed.
Lord Avonside said that Northern Co. further averred that about December 4, 1963, York Co. sent to about 200 persons or firms engaged in the trailer business throughout the UK copies of the photograph together with a circular allegedly descriptive of the incident, but not accurately so, and that this was designed to suggest defective quality and design in the trailers produced by Northern Co.
Northern Co. further claimed that York Co. conveyed an entirely False impression of the qualities of their trailers.
For York Co. it was contended that Northern Co. averments were too wide and too general to go to proof, but Lord Avonside did not agree. In his opinion it could not be said that the innuendos placed by Northern Co. on the circumstances narrated were insupportable.
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