2nd December House of Commons first debate on the Mesothelioma Bill
On Monday 2nd December MPs will participate in the Second Reading of the Mesothelioma Bill. This is the first opportunity for MPs to discuss the Bill and to express their views on how the Bill might be improved. Hundreds of mesothelioma victims have contacted their MPs to call for changes to the Bill.
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11 November 2013
Mesothelioma Bill Briefing and Pamphlet for MPs
2 October 2013
The last opportunity to submit responses to the Ministry of Justice consultation Reforming Mesothelioma Claims expires on 2 October. The Forum has sent their response with a headline statement:
The consultation betrays a fundamental misconception of the claims process. Preparing evidence for, and sending a letter of claim, initiates a legal process to sue for damages under the tort of negligence. Issuing proceedings is simply a continuum of the claims process.
The distinction between pre-action and issue of proceedings is misleading, as is the suggestion that there is no issue of liability at the onset of the claims process, or that claims are uncontested at the outset. The fact that ultimately there is no defence in many cases, is misleadingly interpreted as ‘liability is not an issue and cases are uncontested.’ and such cases are therefore candidates for a PAP.
This canard lies at the heart of the consultation. The truth is that claims are made in accordance with pre-action procedure, whatever the name of that procedure, and are invariably contested and early liability resisted prior to court proceedings.
The ABI proposals in this consultation paper have nothing to do with speeding up claims. Early liability could be admitted under the existing pre-action process – it is not. The intention is to take control of the claims process by: falsely describing claims as inappropriate for court action and imposing sanctions for doing so; demanding more information to position the defendant to resist claims, and; imposing fixed costs to limit the opportunity for claimants to have fair and expert representation.
Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum
To see the full Forum consultation response click here
To see Minister's response to report of the charities meeting 23 Sept click here
23 September 2013
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Charities attending the meeting included: Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum; British Lung Foundation; Macmillan; June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund; Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund; Mesothelioma UK.
The Minister Helen Grant assured all of the charities that she “would not do anything that would not be welcomed by mesothelioma victims and their families”.