Claims by servicemen who took part in nuclear tests are dealt a serious blow

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 24 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6722
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Compensation claims on behalf of servicemen who took part in UK nuclear tests in the Pacific in the 1950s have been dealt a severe blow by a Court of Appeal ruling that nine out of the 10 lead cases cannot go to trial.

The men scored a victory in the High Court in June 2009 when Mr Justice Foskett rejected arguments from the Ministry of Defence that test cases had been brought too late and should not proceed. But three appeal court judges overturned that judgment, holding that nine of the 10 cases had been launched outside the legal time limit and refusing …

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