Final pay outs for 'toxic sofa' victims

A judge approved the final payment in a multimillion-pound compensation battle over "toxic sofas" today.

Each of 408 claimants - including 55 children - who suffered skin complaints caused by the sensitising agent dimethyl fumarate (DMF) in leather sofas manufactured by Chinese companies Linkwise and Eurosofa will receive 1,800.

The case, believed to be the largest consumer group litigation in UK legal history, was launched against three retailers - Argos, Land of Leather, and Walmsleys - which accepted liability.

In April, Mr Justice MacDuff was told that an agreement had been reached which meant that around 1,650 people would receive up to 20 million, with each expected to receive between 1,175 and 9,000, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

Today, the judge said the resolution of the litigation for another final cohort of 408 was a "very sensible and proper settlement" of their claims.

The EU has now banned the use of DMF after consumers in at least five European countries suffered burns and breathing problems due to the use of the chemical in imported leather products.

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