Bangladesh claims: latest news
8 May 2003
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is being sued by two Bangladeshi residents who allege that NERC was negligent in not testing for the presence of arsenic in groundwater while carrying out some research in 1992. The claim is being vigorously defended and a preliminary hearing to strike it out took place in the High Court in March.
The High Court has today refused NERC's application to strike out the claim as showing no case to answer. The Judge found that the case was too complex in both law and fact to dispose of it at this stage. The Court has not passed any judgment on the merits of the claim.
NERC intends to apply to the Court of Appeal for leave to appeal against today's decision. We brought this application as we are confident there is no case to answer and that the claim will fail if it goes to trial.
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Press release: 07/03
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