Equitas is to pay $22mn during the second quarter to settle asbestos and pollution claims filed by US tyre maker Goodyear. Equitas will also place $39m into a trust fund to reimburse Goodyear for its..
AIG Aviation, Inc has announced the launch of Excess Aviation War Liability coverage. The new product, an extension of AIG Aviation’s insurance portfolio, is designed to help corporate flight departments and owners of private aircraft..
Hiscox Insurance Company has expanded its Professional Indemnity (PI) product range through the launch of a new policy aimed at smaller risks in the emerging professions market.
The new product will focus exclusively on the IT,..
National reforms to liability laws are having a positive impact, with premiums coming down and cover more widely available, according to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
At a meeting of Attorneys General, the ICA and..
“We, and especially politicians and the media, are all taking part in something of a deceit because we are teaching the next generation that risk doesn’t exist…Don’t play conkers in the playground, you might get..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has responded to the Department For Constitutional Affairs’ consultation paper, ‘A Single Civil Court?’ which considers the potential for unifying the civil and family jurisdictions of the High Court,..
The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has urged the TUC to play a more active role in the drive to reform workplace compensation. The ABI expressed disappointment at the TUC’s recent decision to pull out..
A petition drafted by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) in Scotland has been presented to the Scottish Parliament on behalf of “injured Scots workers who are being denied compensation.”
The petition highlights the fact..
The government has announced the start of transitional year for the Tribunals Service, ahead of formal launch in April 2006. The Tribunals Service is a new agency within the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) that..
XL Europe has announced the formation of a new $50mn gross line US liability underwriting unit based in London. XL has appointed Glenn Burles, formerly the chief underwriting officer of Zurich Specialties London, to head..
Premium levels for non marine business in the London company market have increased for the third year in a row, according to statistics produced by the International Underwriting Association (IUA).
A total of £1656.4mn worth of..
Drivers who use cannabis are 10 times more likely to be injured, or to cause injury to others, in car accidents, researchers have found. Dramatic new evidence published in the latest issue of the journal..
Fabien Risk Services, in partnership with PI Direct’s broker-dedicated trading arm PI Brokerlink, has launched a professional indemnity scheme for insurance brokers under the brand name Broker Protect. The Broker Protect policy provides coverage underwritten..
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has highlighted the issue of noise at work, which it describes as one of Europe’s most persistent workplace health problems, and the most prevalent, irreversible industrial..
Stress, anxiety and depression are reported to have overtaken musculoskeletal disorders as the leading causes of claims for incapacity benefit. This is according to research published in the British Medical Journal.
Interestingly, while these mental disorders..
A survey published by EEF, the manufacturers organisation, one of the UK’s leading providers of employment law services, has shown a sharp drop in the number of employment tribunal cases it handled in 2004.
A leading stress expert has warned that millions of people are suffering from ‘billness’, a newly identified form of stress disorder caused by unpredictable household bills.
Dr Roger Henderson, a stress counsellor advising T-Mobile, says the..
“It represents a significant step in curtailing the risk averse nature of modern day society - and entails an acceptance that “risk is inherent in life, and some risk is unavoidable.” So said John Bramhall,..
New European regulations have grounded the last remaining airworthy Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the “Sally B”, on the eve of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two. New EU..
Airclaims has revealed that the first three months of 2005 have continued the trend for fewer aircraft losses, evident since the end of 2001. During the first quarter of 2005, Western-built jets, which carry about..
Marine mutual London P&I Club said that it had completed a successful renewals season, with total gross tonnage covered rising to 32.9mn. The mutual said that its strategy was based on organic growth of its..
Seafarers’ union NUMAST is launching a major new campaign against fatigue and cuts in crewing levels in response to the findings of a major research project examining seafarers’ working hours.
Researchers from Cardiff University’s centre for..
Pregnant women who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) pass on stress symptoms to their unborn children. This is the conclusion of a study into pregnant women who witnessed the World Trade Center attacks.
Children aged one..
Research by the US National Institutes of Health suggests that obese people in their 40s are 74% more likely to develop dementia compared to those of normal weight. The lifetime dementia risk in those who..
The American Insurance Association, Reinsurance Association of America, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) and National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies have said they are opposed to the latest effort in the US Senate..
The Coalition for Asbestos Reform has said that it “strongly opposes” S. 852, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR) Act. The Coalition believes that the FAIR Act leaves potentially hundreds of companies in a..
The continuing issue of illegal dyes being found in foodstuffs continues.After the massive recall of Sudan I dye, the latest scare involves another illegal dye, Para Red. Products have been found containing small amounts of..
A hospital in Essex is reviewing the records of over 6,000 women who had breast cancer screening. The move was reported to be because ‘inconsistencies’ were found. Seven women have been recalled so far and..
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked Pfizer to voluntarily remove Bextra (valdecoxib) from the market. FDA is also asking manufacturers of all marketed prescription Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), including Celebrex (celecoxib), a..
Research published in the Lancet suggests that the most popular hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the UK could greatly increase the risk of womb cancer in women who have taken it over five years. The..
The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is offering free breakfast briefing sessions in May and June on new employment laws, aimed at accounting, legal and banking professionals offering advice to small businesses.
The briefings will provide professionals..
New workplace rules due later this year to protect people with cancer from discrimination must not have any loopholes, say campaigners. The new Disability Discrimination Bill makes it an offence to discriminate against an employee..
The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is highlighting a major duty in the legislation to tackle institutional discrimination and ensure disabled people are treated fairly in the public sector.
DRC Chairman Bert Massie said: “The Act’s Disability..
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has received Royal Assent.
The Act amends the existing Disability Discrimination Act to:
Introduce a new positive duty on public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people
Provide protection for more..
It has been reported that companies offering “no win, no fee” services relating to compensation were caught touting for business at an accident and emergency department. Business cards and leaflets were being handed out to..
Faster justice, more cross-party collaboration and the preservation of the tort system are top of the agenda of the incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
In his speech to delegates at APIL’s..
A seriously dyslexic man alleged that educational psychologists had been negligent in failing to diagnose his special needs and send him to a school with appropriate teaching facilities. In addition, he alleged that two of..
Where a group of employees containing a significant number of female workers whose work was evaluated as equal to that of another group of employees of the same employer who were predominantly male and who..
Healthcare and other child care professionals did not owe a duty of care to parents against whom they made unfounded allegations of child abuse and who, as a result, suffered psychiatric injury.
The House of Lords,..
A woman ceased working with a depressive disorder which she alleged was caused by a fellow employee, who was aggressive and abusive towards her. The company admitted that the man swore at her and acted..
A retired dominatrix has won $60,000 (£32,000) in damages in the US for sexual harassment. The former dominatrix, then known as Mistress Celeste, took a job at the US Treasury Department, where she ended up..
The widow of a man who died from mesothelioma has received £177,901 in compensation. The 58 year old man had been exposed to asbestos at Buckingham Palace where he had worked as a maintenance worker.
A disabled woman who suffered discrimination on a disability awareness course run by Liverpool City Council has won £2,000 for injury to feelings on the day her case was due to go to court.
A former hospital boiler room worker has reached a settlement in his claim for damages following his diagnosis with mesothelioma. He was employed as a maintenance man in the hospital’s boiler room for several years...
A woman whose signs of brain haemorrhage went undiagnosed for more than four years has won £1.6mn in compensation. She had a brain scan after suffering headaches and blackouts but her condition was not diagnosed..
Appeal court judges have upheld a woman’s case for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against the Prison Service.The woman was sacked in 1997 after going on sick leave. She had been demoted after asking to..
A man who was hit by a car whilst hailing a taxi has received substantial damages, though the payment has not been disclosed. The man suffered brain injuries, depression and post-traumatic stress.
Liability had been disputed..
A group of over 900 veterans are pursuing legal action for personal injuries and losses they have suffered arising as a result of exposure to low level radiation whilst participating in the British Atmospheric Nuclear..
The Law Lords have ruled that a number of parents who were wrongly accused of abusing their children cannot sue the health care professionals who misdiagnosed the abuse. The case was dismissed because the health..
Prisoners at Lincoln Prison are to sue the Home Office for personal injury following riots at the prison in 2002. The 45 prisoners claim they were traumatised by the riots, and suffered post-traumatic stress and..
An employment tribunal has ruled that the former chief executive of Northampton Town Football Club is not entitled to claim unfair dismissal. The tribunal ruled he had not been an employee between February and October..
A three year old girl who contracted a rare form of tuberculosis in Indonesia which left her with chronic ear infections and ultimately loss of hearing, has won a substantial undisclosed out of court settlement.
A teacher has lost her claim for racial discrimination but has won a claim for unfair dismissal. The teacher, a Mauritian-born Indian, claimed she had been discriminated against on the grounds of race, but the..
A Tunisian woman has lost a racial discrimination case despite suffering racial abuse from pupils. The school teaching assistant said staff and students discriminated against her.
The tribunal said although the school had not discriminated against..
A female pilot has won her sex discrimination case which involved a dispute over working hours.The pilot was refused the right to work 50% part-time so she could look after her one-year-old daughter. The airline..
Around the world, the workplace is becoming a more dangerous place, with new studies showing an increase in injuries, illnesses and fatalities caused by work.
Faced with this rising toll of occupational-related death, injury and sickness,..
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