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.

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'Long battle' ends for families of asbestos victims

All I ever prayed for was the right decision. This is the right decision. I am delighted for all those families who have been awaiting this result. My dad worked all his life and was hoping to enjoy retirement before mesothelioma took him away. There was never any question about who was to blame - all this long battle was about was insurers wanting to get out of paying. It is very difficult for us to understand the insurance industry's attitude to dying people, an attitude that the Government is going to make worse.

– Maureen Edwards, daughter of Charles O'Farrell who died in 2003

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