Iraq Soldier Deaths Entitled to Compensation [22nd Oct 2012]
The families of soldiers killed in Iraq now have the right to sue the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for negligence after the Court of Appeal found in favour of the families of two servicemen killed and two who were badly injured. The court found that the MoD had failed to provide the soldiers with the correct equipment and that this amounted to negligence. However a further claim based on human rights laws was dismissed by the court. This case, which is one of many which have been brougham before the courts, was based on the MoD use of Snatch Land Rovers which were found to be inadequate and without enough protection against roadside bombs. Another case was centred around an incident of friendly fire. The MoD had argued that they should have combat immunity and that the incidents happened outside of the UK and therefore outside of UK law. Lawyers argued that the MoD had a duty of care to the soldiers and that adequate equipment should be provided. Each individual case will now need to go before the courts to determine the level of compensation awarded if eligible.
Relatives of UK soldiers killed in Iraq win right to seek compensation - www.guardian.co.uk
Army families can sue Government over troop deaths in mobile coffins - www.standard.co.uk
Legal action is being taken against the building group Sir Robert McAlpine which is thought to have taken part in a case of conspiracy against workers who were members of the trade union. The case is part of a wider one regarding a blacklist which contained the names of workers who were considered to be a risk due to their trade union activities or a history of complaining about working conditions. It is thought that the building industry could be facing hundreds of millions in compensation payments if the workers win their case. McAlpine was involved in the construction of the Olympic Stadium and the Arsenal Emirates Stadium. They have been accused of supplying and accessing personal information regarding their current or potential workers and could therefore be held liable for compensation. Liam Dunne, the solicitor working on behalf of the claimants says that his clients were blacklisted because they dared to raise health and safety concerns. This ended their careers and their mental health suffered. There are currently 84 claimants who have cases going through the courts and they hope to claim between £20,000 and £450,000 in lost income.
Builders face blacklist damages claims - www.ft.com
GMB calls for firms to come clean on blacklisting - www.cnplus.co.uk
It has been revealed that England players will be partially funding compensation paid to those football fans who were unable to attend a rescheduled football match between Poland and England in Warsaw. The game had to be postponed until the following day due to a waterlogged pitch. This is despite the ground having a roof which was not put in place in time. Many fans had to return to the UK and could not attend the match. Stephen Gerrard the England captain has said that the team appreciated the support and realised people had lost money or had to take time off work. The Polish and English FA have set up a ticket refund process which will determine who attended and who did not. There may also be some consideration given to the cost of travel and accommodation. The details will be announced later this week.
England players to help reimburse fans after Poland postponement - www.bbc.co.uk
Polish FA will give full ticket refunds to England fans missing rearranged World Cup qualifier - www.telegraph.co.uk
Barclays bank has announced that it has needed to put aside a further £700m after a spike in PPI claims. In total, UK banks have now set aside more than £10 billion to give to customers who were wrongly sold PPI policies as compensation and there are fears that the total could increase by a further £5bn. Barclays have said that they have experienced a higher than expected level of claims since the end of June and this has led to the extra provision to a total of £2bn. As a result the shares in the bank have fallen by 1.5%. Consumer advocate organisation Consumer Focus has stated that it seems that bankers are trying to distance themselves from the scandal including the boss of Barclays at the time. However consumers feel they have lost all credibility. Barclays have meanwhile been trying to assure investors that the bill will not increase further and they have suggested that they expect to meet profit forecasts for the next three month period.
Bill may to $24 billion as Barclays takes further PPI hit - www.guardian.co.uk
Barclays bill for mis-sold PPI policies leaps by £700m to £2bn - www.thisismoney.co.uk
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