Personal Injury: Unsafe Territory
Claims relating to asbestos exposure have been subject of much debate in the House of Lords but, as Fiona Gill and Alan Twine discover, the issue could be further complicated by the Compensation Bill
Judgment in the case of Barker v Corus (UK) Limited was handed down by the House of Lords on 3 May, 2006. By a majority decision, the House clarified the ‘Fairchild Exception’ and ruled that proportionate damages are payable in mesothelioma claims that fall within the exception. In a separate development, the Government announced on 20 June its proposals to reverse the effect of the Barker decision through an amendment to the draft Compensation Bill.
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