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A £193M settlement has been reached between Volkswagen and around 91,000 claimants in a U.K. group action over the carmaker’s emissions scandal. The claim, which should now result in each car owner receiving around £2,100, was backed by litigation funders Therium and North Wall Capital. Therium, the largest backers, funded claimants represented by Slater & Gordon, whilst North Wall financed PGMBM claimants. Leigh Day did not have any litigation funding, instead working on a conditional fee agreement.
Six leading laws firms have joined forces to establish a collective redress association for claimant practitioners and stakeholders in the group litigation sector. UK group litigation firms Edwin Coe, Hausfeld & Co, Keller Lenkner UK, Leigh Day, Milberg London, and PGMBM have founded CORLA, the Collective Redress Lawyers Association. CORLA is urging law firms, lawyers, barristers and others involved in collective redress nationwide to apply to become members and join CORLA in its drive for change.
Human rights law firms Mbuyisa Moleele and Leigh Day have filed further evidence with the High Court in Johannesburg to bolster their case against Anglo American, which stands accused of causing widespread lead poisoning to communities around the Kabwe mine, with devastating consequence for human health. The law firms have approached the Johannesburg High Court for permission to proceed with a class action in South Africa. Augusta Ventures is backing the case.
UK-based Augusta Ventures is backing a lead poisoning class action lawsuit in South Africa against Anglo American on behalf of a class that could potentially exceed more than 100,000 Zambian children and women of childbearing age. The claim arises from environmental contamination of villages in close proximity to the Kabwe lead mine in Zambia. Medical studies conducted over the past 45 years have consistently shown massive levels of lead in a significant proportion of young children in Kabwe. Generations of children have been affected. The case is being brought by South African attorneys, Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys, in collaboration with London-based human rights lawyers, Leigh Day.

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