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Tom Goodhead: Fighting the rise of predatory extractivism
Tom Goodhead joined experts and victims of environmental crimes in Brazil at Harvard University to discuss extractive industries.
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Navigating Medical Treatment for Gender Dysphoria in Young People: Insights from the Cass Review April 2024
The Final Cass Report was published in April 2024, over three and a half years later and two years after her Interim Report was published. The purpose...
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The Law and Economics of climate and ESG legal risk management
While environmental and governance strategies are nothing new, the field of ESG legal risk management is growing exponentially.
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Why group litigation is a powerful tool in ensuring women’s voices are heard
Listening to those we represent describing their lives with a failed medical product can be harrowing, but helping them access justice is a remarkable...
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NHS England to stop prescribing puberty blockers
Puberty supressing hormones will no longer be routinely offered as a treatment for gender dysphoria in children and adolescents according to new NHS England...
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Court raises the bar for data breach claims - Farley v Paymaster
Claimants involved in a data breach in which their information was mailed to the wrong address, the claimants must show the recipients opened and read...
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Secondary victim claims effectively barred in medical negligence cases
The Supreme Court has passed a landmark judgment setting out an approach for secondary victims claiming for psychiatric harm in a clinical negligence context.
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Chris Neill: 'How we're putting the consumer first in no-win, no-fee claims'
Pogust Goodhead has this month launched our newest initiative, 'My Finance Claim'. Its purpose is to hold lenders and brokers to account whilst securing...
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Tom Goodhead in The Lawyer: 'Why we need to protect group litigation'
In a recent article for The Lawyer, Tom Goodhead discussed the Post Office scandal and the role of group litigation in stopping multinational corporations...
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Felipe Hotta: '5 things I learned at COP28'
For the past two weeks, I have been at the heart of climate negotiations at COP28 in Dubai, UAE.
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Michigan takes action to revoke drugmaker immunity protection
Michigan has repealed a blanket immunity law for drugmakers. This law had hindered the rights of residents for decades, preventing them from addressing...
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Jan Faulkner: 'Why I’m launching a campaign to extend the limitation period on medical devices'
Pogust Goodhead's Client Liason Officer Jan Faulkner has launched a campaign called 'Raise the Limit' to extend the medical limitation period.
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DOJ releases report highlighting environmental justice efforts 
In October, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Environmental Justice released its first-ever Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy Report.
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New guidelines balance the twin interests of promoting competition and protecting the environment 
The Competition and Markets Authority recently published guidance to help businesses understand how they can lawfully collaborate on environmental sustainability...
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Re-analysis of puberty blockers study raises concerns about mental health in transgender youth
In 2011, a study initially found that hormone blockers made 'no change' to psychological function, but a reanalysis of the data showed that 34% of participants...
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Alicia Alinia: 'How we’ll take Iran to court for crimes against women'
In advance of the event, our COO Alicia Alinia – who is of Iranian heritage – wrote an article for The Independent on why the event mattered.
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How our case against BHP could 'help millions of people around the world'
In a recent article for The Independent, our CEO Tom Goodhead said the case wasn’t just about BHP, but how many Western multinational corporations had...
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'The rise of group litigation is not a threat to justice'
Alicia Alinia has published her response to the article in a piece in ConservativeHome titled "The rise of group litigation is not a threat to justice".
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Companies contributing to climate change: is this the beginning of the end for corporate impunity?
Although climate litigation has been on the agenda of some activists for many years, the importance of climate litigation is only set to increase as the...
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RSIBC Bill: Enforcing human rights and environmental law through civil (class) actions in the Netherlands
On 2 November 2022, Dutch members of parliament submitted an updated version of the Bill for Responsible and Sustainable International Business Conduct...
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Safeguards to be developed for gender identity treatment of children and young people in Scotland
NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) have been ordered by the Scottish Government to report on the service provided at Sandyford clinic for the treatment...
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Rights of Nature: what are they, where do they come from, and why are they important?
Pogust Goodhead has a direct interest in Rights of Nature because of its experience in representing indigenous communities and people, its interest in...
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Charity Commission investigating Mermaids, a Trans youth charity over safeguarding concerns
Following receipt of a number of allegations against the Trans youth charity Mermaids, the Charity Commission has now confirmed that it has opened a case...
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The progress of the Injectafer claim in the US
Pogust Goodhead continues to fight for individuals who have been injured by the iron deficiency anemia drug, Injectafer. Injectafer was brought to the...
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EPA Takes Major Steps to Protect the Public from Toxic PFOS and PFOA in U.S. Drinking Water
On October 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its PFAS Strategic Roadmap announcing plans to address the urgent public health...
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A comment for the legal community on the BHP appeal decision
Once labelled “the largest white elephant in the history of group actions”, the Court of Appeal in Municipio de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc and BHP...
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The burden of proof in environmental cases under Brazilian law
It is a rule in Brazilian law that generally whoever alleges must prove the allegation. Pursuant to article 373 of the Brazilian Civil Procedure Code[1],...
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Big Oil’s ‘Black Wednesday’ One Year On
‘Black Wednesday for big oil’, as the media1 dubbed it on 26 May 2021, was the day when some of the biggest players in the industry – ExxonMobil, Chevron,...
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France’s baby steps towards becoming a group litigation forum – the 'Sanofi' ruling (5th January 2022 - N°RG 17/07001)
On 5 January 2022, the Paris Judicial Tribunal (Tribunal Judiciaire de Paris)[1] ruled for the first time since group actions were introduced into French...
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Electric vehicles to the rescue?
Emissions from internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) – i.e. those powered by diesel and petrol – contribute significantly to climate...
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International Women's Day 2022: Break the Bias
This year, for International Women’s Day, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team set up a fundraising campaign for our charity partners, Refuge...
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We Are Supporting Boca da Mata
Late last year, the Bahia state of Brazil was affected by flooding and heavy rains as a result of the extreme weather caused by climate change. The Bahia...
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Shell Interdicted from South African Seashores in High Court Ruling
On 28 December 2021, the High Court of South Africa handed down a ruling (the ‘Case‘) interdicting Royal Dutch Shell (Shell)...
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Case snapshot of the Lloyd v Google Supreme Court judgment
In the high-profile case of Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50, the Supreme Court handed down its final judgment in November 2021. Following a two-day...
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Deforestation and the fashion industry: Here’s to a greener and more sustainable wardrobe
Post-festive season, there is fresh motivation to set goals for the year ahead. It is increasingly in vogue to focus on the environmental impact of our...
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Dutch Class Action Regime: Closing in on Two Years of WAMCA
The Dutch regime for collective actions was overhauled when the Act on Redress of Mass Damages in Collective Action (“WAMCA”...
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Summary Judgment: a note on prospects, procedure, and principles
How can you obtain a judgment without going to trial? While it may sound like a trick question, the English rules on Civil Procedure (the Civil Procedure...
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An international first in Australian climate change litigation: Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility v Santos Ltd
In previous posts, the firm examined recent landmark climate change cases and litigation trends and the new European human rights and environmental due...
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Client Communication in a Group Litigation Claim: Seven Steps to Success
Instructing a solicitor and starting a case, especially against a large, well-resourced defendant, can seem like a daunting task. To help our current and...
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International Arbitration: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Resolve Circuit Split Over Applicability of Section 1782 Discovery
U.S. discovery rules are generally more liberal and expansive than those in other countries. United States Statute 28 USC § 1782 provides a powerful tool...
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Climate Change through the Courts: Trends in Environmental Litigation
Environmental litigation is on the rise as individuals and organisations take to the courts to hold corporations and governments accountable under their...
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Corporate Liability for Environmental Harm: considerations under the Brazilian model
In countries with great environmental potential, it is common for natural resources to become one of the main sources of national income through public...
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Sorry, I don’t speak legalese: Arbitration
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Arbitration is a private court hearing where parties agree to be bound by the decision of the mediator. It is an...
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Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Class Action
A class action is when a large group of affected people form a collective claim over a common legal issue. A class action is also sometimes called group...
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What is the future for traditional communities? How does the climate crisis affect environmental justice? Which paths does Brazil have? The Brazil Forum...
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Securities Group Actions In The UK – Opportunities And Uncertainties For Investors
It is evident that there has been a marked rise in group securities litigation globally in recent years. This can be traced back to the 2010 US Supreme...
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ESG Litigation Finance: Investing In Accountability
Litigation is a costly procedure. Available resources can substantially impact outcomes, and smaller players are often disadvantaged against large corporations....
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Extension Of The Bangladesh Accord Commitments: An Opportunity For Access To Justice In Business And Human Rights Disputes
The Rana Plaza Disaster is among the worst industrial accidents on record. On 24 April 2013, an eight-storey building that housed five garment factories...
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The Advantages Of Joining A Group Litigation Claim
Filing a legal claim against a large company can be intimidating, especially if it has a strong legal team and a generous pool of finances. However, by...
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Sorry, I Don’t Speak Legalese: Product Liability
Product liability is the legal obligation a manufacturer or seller is held to for producing or selling a faulty product. People who suffer damages as a...
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Hotel Quarantine Judicial Review: What Are The Grounds For Seeking Review?
As we mentioned in our previous update, the Hotel Quarantine Judicial Review is very important to us as a firm because of our passion for championing justice...
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Hotel Quarantine Judicial Review: Why Is This Case So Important To Us?
At Pogust Goodhead we are passionate about championing justice and ensuring fairness for all. Our judicial review of the hotel quarantine is no exception...
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The New European Mandatory Human Rights And Environmental Due Diligence Legislation: A Unified Approach To Preventing And Remedying Violations Caused By Business Practices
The rapid growth of supply chains across borders has brought undeniable benefits to developing countries. However, it has also negatively impacted these...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: Limitation Period
What is a limitation period? The limitation period is the time period in which a party can bring a claim. This time commences from when the breach, damage...
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An Interview With Eléonore Buisson In Sciences Po
One of Pogust Goodhead’s many talented paralegals, Eléonore Buisson, recently graduated with a Masters in Economic Law from the Sciences Po Law School,...
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Appeal Allowed By The Supreme Court In Okpabi And Others (Appellants) V Royal Dutch Shell Plc And Another (Respondents) [2021]
In a seminal judgment delivered on 12 February 2021, the UK Supreme Court in Okpabi unanimously ruled in favour of the appellants in a group litigation...
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UK Supreme Court Allows Appeal In A Group Litigation Involving Shell
In a ground-breaking judgment, the UK Supreme Court allowed an appeal in a group litigation against the oil and gas company Shell plc. The decision will...
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Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Barristers v Solicitors
There is often some confusion in the difference between barristers and solicitors. Put simply, barristers tend to represent clients in court, and solicitors...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: Breach
What is a Breach?  A breach is the act of someone breaking, or failing to observe, their legal obligations. A contract can be breached in whole or in part.  In...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: Precedent
What Does Precedent Mean?  Precedent is when a previous court decision is considered to be a ‘rule’ for deciding or influencing subsequent cases involving...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: Settlement
What is a settlement? A settlement is a resolution reached by the parties involved in a case, rather than one ordered by a judge. Settlements are often...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: No-Win, No-Fee
What is no-win, no-fee? A No-Win, No-Fee agreement protects you from paying any legal fees in the event that a case is not successful.  In legal jargon,...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: Steering Committee
What is a Steering Committee? As the name would suggest, a steering committee helps steer and direct complex litigation. Ordered by court, the committee...
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Sorry, I don't speak legalese: Compensation
What is compensation? In the context of law, compensation is the money you are awarded by a court for loss, damage or suffering.  The amount of money you...
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Sorry, I don't speak Legalese: Group Litigation
What is group litigation? Group litigations take place when your claim is managed collectively with the claims of other individuals. Courts grant Group...
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Primodos: Firms And Government Face Legal Action Over Claims Pregnancy Drug ‘Damaged Babies
Primodos was a hormone-based pregnancy test, manufactured by Schering, now Bayer PLC, first made available for sale in the UK in 1956 and was withdrawn...
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Women Sounded Alarm On Essure Birth Control Device
Essure, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare, is the only non-surgical permanent form of birth control for women in the UK. Made of a metal coil and plastic...
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