Watchdog prepares legal action against insurers over Covid payouts

The industry already expects to pay out £900m in business interruption claims, according to the Association of British Insurers, meaning losses could run to billions depending on the outcome of the test case being brought by the FCA. 

The FCA’s action was welcomed by business groups whose members are facing a cash crunch due to the slump in economic activity and forced closure of swathes of the economy. 

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of industry group UKHospitality, said: “It is time that insurers played fair and stopped hiding behind technicalities.

“We are delighted to see that the FCA has taken on

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A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

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Addison Cain was living in Kyoto, volunteering at a shrine and studying indigenous Japanese religion. She was supposed to be working on a scholarly book about her research, but started writing intensely erotic Batman fan fiction instead.

It happened almost by accident. It was 2012, and Ms. Cain — who grew up in Orange County, Calif., under a different name — was three years out of college, alone abroad with a lot of time on her hands. Her command of Japanese

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September school start would need some 30 legal changes in Japan

TOKYO — The Japanese government said Thursday that shifting the start of the school year to September would require more than 30 legal revisions.

The government held a meeting that day with officials from multiple ministries, including the education and labor ministries.

In March, Japan shut schools as the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerated. That move spurred a debate on whether to change the start of the academic year from April to September. A survey conducted by Nikkei earlier in May showed that 58% of prefectural governors support a September start to the school year.

At the meeting, authorities

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Firms fear wave of legal claims as employees go back to work

Firms could be forced to fend off a wave of legal action from staff over health and safety rules and unfair dismissal as the country gets back to work, lawyers have warned. 

Companies which suffer a Covid-19 outbreak at work could be hit with cases brought by employees for failing to protect them from the disease, while the likelihood that many firms will have to lay off staff when the Government’s furlough scheme ends could also spark a wave of legal challenges. 

David Greenhalgh, an employment consultant at law firm Joelson, said: “I think there will be a massive increase

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