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'Toxic sofa' victims in line for £20m pay-out

Hundreds of consumers injured by 'toxic sofas' are to receive a shared payout of up to £20m.

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'Toxic sofa' victims in line for £20m pay-out

It was announced on Monday that High Street chains Argos, Land of Leather and Walmsleys, which sold the leather furniture, later found to contain the poisonous fungicide dimethyl fumerate (DMF), will have to compensate hundreds of people who were affected.

Payments are expected range between £1,200 and £9,000 depending on the severity of symptoms, which included severe skin rashes and breathing difficulties.

Mr Justice MacDuff was told in court that a "claims handling agreement" had been reached that did not resolve the whole of the litigation, but would "open the way to swift compensation for many hundreds" of people.Mr Langton said there would be another hearing on 21 May when 2,500 further cases would be considered. The £20m figure includes legal costs, as well as compensation.

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