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  • Ireland’s Goal – “Smoke Free” (Relatively Speaking) in 12 Years

    Imagine – a smoke free country in Europe. That’s the 2025 goal of the Health Minister in Ireland, although the goal actually is not completely smoke-free and instead is to have smoking down under 5%. Plainly, governments and others are actively realizing that they cannot afford to continue to subsidize the absurdly high financial and...

  • Hopefully England and Wales Will Stand Firm Against Trade Union Demands to Allow Claiming for Pleural Plaques

    Now that Scotland and Northern Ireland are allowing lawsuits for compensation for pleural plaques, trade union UNITE is arguing that England and Wales also should allow pleural plaques claiming, as illustrated here. But England already – and wisely – seriously considered but rejected legislation to allow pleural plaques claiming – there was an entire consultation...

  • Pleural Plaques Permitted by Legislation in Northern Ireland

    Like Scotland, legislation in Northern Ireland will permit recoveries for pleural plaques. The legislation takes effect next week, and is covered in this government press release.  The BBC has the story here. A past government memo on the subject is here. Background is here from Herbert Smith, a UK  firm on the insurance company side of...

  • Ireland as a Judicial Hell Hole (Somewhat Tongue in Cheek)

    Pointoflaw’s Walter Olson notes here items related to an Irish article describing Lloyds of London’s Chariman as griping out about the amount of tort litigation in Ireland of late. As to global tort litigation, the key quote is this: “Tort costs are expanding around the world at twice the rate of the global economy. Added...

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