Brett v University of Reading - asbestos/mesothelioma - Court of Appeal 14.2.07
Legal developments since 2002 have made it easier for employees (or their estates) to win asbestos related injury claims. This case shows that to win such a case, even taking these developments into account, the employee (or his estate) must still produce evidence to show, or to support an inference, that the employer he is suing was in breach of its duty to take reasonable care to protect its workers from inhaling asbestos dust. In this case Mr Brett's widow, suing as personal representative, failed to produce such evidence. She has lost.