Blacklist settlements hit 50m as case settled

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Leigh Day (instructed by the GMB), OH Parsons (instructed by UCATT) and GCR today announce that they have settled their outstanding claims in the Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation.

The claims were brought against Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McApline Skanska UK, and VINCI and concerned the activities of the Services Group of the Economic League and the Consulting Association.

The litigation arose after the activities of the Consulting Association were revealed following a raid by the Information Commissioner in February 2009.

GMB, UCATT and GCR commenced the litigation to protect the interests of their members and clients.

In October 2015, these construction companies openly acknowledged that the system was unlawful and made a full public apology, which was widely reported at the time.

UCATT, GMB and GCR have accepted this apology on behalf of their clients.

The construction companies have offered financial settlements which all Claimants represented by UCATT, GMB and GCR have now accepted as fair and reasonable. The parties have also agreed a joint statement to be read in Court as part of this settlement. The construction companies have also agreed to pay the Claimants’ legal costs.

Given that there remains outstanding litigation between the construction companies and other litigants with a trial due to start on 9 May 2016, it would be inappropriate to make any further comments at this stage.