Insurance firm welcomes 'clarity' over asbestos ruling

Municipal Mutual Insurance is one of four insurance firms involved in the asbestos legal action. In a statement it said:

Whilst the ruling does not reflect MMI's favoured outcome, we welcome the clarity this judgment brings as it enables MMI to determine the extent of its liabilities... It should be noted that MMI has continued to compensate local authority employers for mesothelioma claims, despite not being obliged to pay out claims until the outcome of the case was known.

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Asbestos relatives win ruling

Relatives of workers who died of an asbestos-related cancer have won a compensation fight at the Supreme Court. This means that employers' insurers are likely to have to pay out on policies from the late 1940s to the late 1990s.