£1 million award in historic aquifer pollution case

In a decision which will have sent shivers through the UK insurance industry, the Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision and held that no-fault liability principles in nuisance law applied to an industrial company causing long-term groundwater pollution.

The High Court's decision in July 1991 in Cambridge Water Company v Eastern Counties Leather (ECL) (ENDS Report 199, pp 36-37 ) excited considerable interest among environmental lawyers, and the Appeal Court's decision on 19 November is likely to demand equal attention.

The plaintiff was a statutory wa

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