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Human rights Environment Carbon emissions

Climate charity files complaint against major airlines over 'misleading' environmental claims

Lawyers acting for climate charity Possible have filed formal complaints against both British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic over their claims that they are reducing emissions from flights and the consequent harm to the climate, via increased efficiency, carbon offsets, and the use of alternative fuels.

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Group claims Employment

Legal action launched against BMW and Mercedes-owned company over alleged unlawful treatment of FREENOW private hire drivers

Law firm Leigh Day has launched a group legal claim against FREENOW, a ride hailing app owned by BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz Mobility, arguing that the company is treating its private hire drivers unlawfully.

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Personal injury Cosmetics surgery

Consumer lawyer welcomes government plans to discuss cosmetic tourism with European counterparts

Consumer law specialist Tina Patel has warned of the dangers of travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery following the death of a British woman during buttock enlargement (Brazilian butt-lift) surgery at a hospital in Turkey.

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Medical negligence Settlement

Multi-million-pound settlement secured for man left paralysed following missed diabetes diagnosis

A man who developed a spinal cord abscess after a failure to diagnose his diabetes has been secured a multi-million-pound settlement.

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Human rights Inquests

Coroner finds failings by housing authority and housing association caused the death of an epileptic woman who fell from the balcony of her London flat

An inquest into the death of 39-year-old Marwo Kassim, who fell from the balcony of her third floor flat in west London after an epileptic seizure, has found that the failure of the local housing authority and housing association to provide her with safe accommodation was a cause of her death.

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Human rights Inquests

Coroner promises ‘full and fearless’ second inquest into death of Jodey Whiting

The final inquest into the death of Jodey Whiting, who died aged 42 following the termination of her Employment Support Allowance (ESA) by the DWP, is expected to take place in Spring 2024 following decisions made during today’s Pre-Inquest Review hearing (PIR).

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Crater To Store Oil, Dug By Shell At Ogale

High Court rules Nigerian communities can bring landmark human rights claims against Shell for oil pollution

The High Court has ruled that 13,000 Nigerian fishermen and farmers at the centre of a major oil pollution case against Shell can bring claims for breaches of their right to a clean environment under Nigerian constitutional law. If the case succeeds at trial, it will be the first time in legal history that a UK multinational will have been found to have breached a communities’ right to a clean environment.

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Feedback welcomes DEFRA U-turn on food waste reporting policy

Food industry environmental campaigners have welcomed a government U-turn that means the government will reconsider whether the food industry will be required to report how much food is going to waste.

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Inquests Medical negligence

Coroner concludes 10-year-old boy died as a result of multiple failings by healthcare professionals, amounting to neglect

Multiple failings by healthcare professionals to recognise and adequately treat William Gray’s asthma caused the death of the 10-year-old, an inquest has concluded.

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Abuse Human rights Abuse claims

Former Sutton Valence School pupil settles claim for sexual abuse by teacher

A man who reported being sexually abused in the 1980s by Kent teacher and school chaplain, Rev David Barnes, has settled his legal claim against prestigious Sutton Valence boarding school who have agreed to offer an apology.

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Human rights Housing benefit

Single dad challenges government on shortfall between the housing element of Universal Credit and soaring rent costs

The dad of a neuro diverse teenager is challenging the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions over the shortfall between his maximum entitlement to the housing element of Universal Credit and soaring rental costs, caused by the Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

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International Mining

UK High Court injunction: Ruling against Brazil Iron

The High Court today ruled in favour of 80 residents from two quilombola indigenous communities who alleged that the UK registered mining companies Brazil Iron Limited and Brazil Iron Trading Limited had not complied with an injunction granted on 19 October 2023 to prevent harassment and intimidation of the claimants.