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Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Steering Committee

What is a Steering Committee? As the name would suggest, a steering committee helps steer and direct complex litigation. Ordered by court, the committee is made up of a group of legal professionals who make decisions on the overall strategy of a case, carry out administrative tasks, and decide how work will be divided.  Within group litigations, a number of law firms may represent large groups of people. Therefore, the court forms a steering committee, made up of representatives of each firm, to show they can manage the litigation effectively. 

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Sorry, I don’t speak legalese: Compensation

What is compensation? In the context of law, compensation is the money you are awarded by a court for loss, damage or suffering.  The amount of money you can receive depends on a number of factors, including:  • The length of time you suffered • The impact it had on your life • How you may be impacted in the future. The purpose of compensation for damages tends to be restorative in the UK, to make up for any negative impacts or loss you may have suffered.  When can I

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Victims of Mariana Dam Disaster to Appeal English Court Decision Not to Proceed with £5bn Case Against Miners BHP

The victims of the Fundão Dam disaster in Mariana, Brazil, intend to appeal after a first instance English court judgment not to proceed with their multi-billion pound case against mining giant BHP over their ‘ultimate responsibility’ for the incident, in which an iron-ore tailings dam collapsed, unleashing the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history. After an initial hearing in Manchester in July, Mr Justice Turner today (09 November) published a decision to refuse to accept jurisdiction, just over five years to the day since the mining waste dam near Mariana

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Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Group Litigation

What is group litigation? Group litigations take place when your claim is managed collectively with the claims of other individuals. Courts grant Group Litigation Orders (GLO) when multiple claims give rise to the same issues. Your claim may be treated as part of a group litigation if other claimants are seeking compensation for similar damages caused by the behaviour of the same defendant(s). Group actions are usually brought against large companies or corporations whose behaviour has directly resulted in losses suffered by you and other claimants. You may even be

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PGMBM filing ‘dieselgate’ group action against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

PGMBM is filing a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). We believe Fiat Chrysler deliberately misled customers by fitting ‘defeat devices’ in breach of diesel emissions regulations. Hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles may be affected, including Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Iveco, and Suzuki diesel vehicles. Fiat Chrysler is under investigation for fitting illegal ‘defeat devices’ that cheated emissions limits put in place by EU and UK laws to protect customers and the environment. Anyone who owned or leased an affected vehicle first registered between 2008 and 2020 may be

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British Airways Data Breach: ‘It’s time for victims to be compensated’

PGMBM have welcomed the decision from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to levy British Airways’s fine over their 2018 breach. We believe it is now time for the half a million BA customers affected by the breach to be compensated. Harris Pogust, Partner, commented: “Unfortunately Covid-19 has taken a significant toll on the airline industry and the move by the ICO to reduce BA’s fine should allow them to protect the business. However, it is now time for BA to compensate the victims. “In their decision, the ICO sets forth

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