Day 124 - 10 May 95 - Page 02
1 Wednesday, 10th May 1995.
3 MR. MORRIS: I want to refer to a Defendants' document which is
4 "Big Mac, The Unauthorised Story of McDonald's". Believe
5 it or not, I cannot work out which number document it is.
7 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Is it in one of your bundles?
9 MR. MORRIS: It is in one of our bundles. It was served.
11 MR. RAMPTON: It would not be in a bundle, my Lord, because it
12 is not an admissible document.
14 MR. MORRIS: Of course it is an admissible document.
16 MR. RAMPTON: No, my Lord, it is not an admissible document. It
17 is a book which shows by its very title it is not an
18 admissible document.
20 MR. MORRIS: It has been referred to before and it has quotes
21 from McDonald's representatives and all kinds of stuff.
22 When I referred to it before, I thought that the court all
23 had copies of it.
25 MR. JUSTICE BELL: No. It is certainly not one of the books
26 that has been handed to me. I cannot remember every
27 document of which I have been given a copy in addition to
28 the .....
30 MR. MORRIS: It was disclosed to the Plaintiffs. It would be
31 easier if the witness had a copy in front of him. I could
32 just refer to bits of it and ask questions, but it would be
33 easier if -----
35 MR. JUSTICE BELL: What I suggest you do is -- you see, the book
36 itself does not have any status in the case at the moment.
37 If you have reason to suppose or think you have -- are they
38 quotes from executives or purported quotes from
39 executives? What sort of thing do you want to put?
41 MR. MORRIS: It includes, for example, an interview from someone
42 from the Hamburger University and things like that, but
43 most of it mentions incidents involving the Company which I
44 want to put to the witness.
46 MR. JUSTICE BELL: What I suggest you do, because you have had
47 some practice at it now, is just use the book yourself, put
48 a question like: "Do you know whether so and so said?" and
49 then just put it like that. It is rather the same as where
50 you had newspaper reports of something and you will
51 remember what was said on the previous occasions and how
52 you managed to put it then and do the same now.
54 MR. MORRIS: Yes. Sometimes it just saves time if someone can
55 cast their eye over a paragraph and say: "What do you
56 think of that?"
58 MR. JUSTICE BELL: It may do, but if it is more than a short
59 quote, try to break it up. If you have an introductory
60 question you may find straightaway whether Mr. Beavers can