LONDONčA British court says hundreds of people who received chemical
burns from leather sofas will share 20 million pounds, or about $30
million, in compensation.
The customers took legal action after claiming of skin and eye
complaints or breathing difficulties from the Chinese-made furniture,
dubbed ≥toxic sofas.≤
The problems were blamed on dimethyl fumarate, a fungicide designed to
stop the furniture from becoming mouldy.
The European Union banned the chemical last year.
Lawyers told a judge at LondonĻs High Court on Monday that agreement had
been reached between the plaintiffs and a company that owns several
It will see 1,650 victims receive up to 9,000 pounds, or about $14,000,
apiece. Legal action continues in 3,000 other cases.
In this case, all one has to do is read the article. :)
A 20,000,000 Sterling settlement, with 1650 victims at 9,000 sterling ea.
That's a 14.8 million Sterling distribution. Presumably the other 5+ million
Sterling is going to the lawyers.
The victims look to be getting 3x what the lawyers are. That's a better
ratio than a lot of U.S. cases.
Oh, yeah, there's a prime example of yet another ambulance chasing
scumbag lawyer, frivolous law suit (did I mention LIBERAL scumbag lawyer?).
In the U.S., normal attorney compensation is a third, sometimes 40%. It
could also be that the attorney(s) took the case on a contingency basis; the
lawyers are covering all the expenses in taking the case and if they lose,
they get nothing.
Dave in Houston
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