The House of Lords has reversed what the Court of Appeal called a "major injustice" to mesothelioma victims. The ruling, on 16 May, means that victims of this fatal asbestos-induced disease are, after all, eligible for compensation from their former employers.
In Jeromson v Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd and Dawson v Cherry Tree Machine Co Ltd and another, the Court of Appeal upholds damages awards to the widows and families of two men killed by mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos fibres.
In Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd and others, and other appeals, the Court of Appeal holds that mesothelioma sufferers who were exposed to asbestos by more than one employer should in future be denied compensation.
In Margereson and Hancock v JW Roberts Ltd, the Court of Appeal holds that a company should have known before 1933 that its asbestos dust emissions could harm children playing in the immediate vicinity of its factory.
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