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Sutradhar v Natural Environment Research Council [2004]

Facts

  • The National Environment Research Council carried out tests on Bangladeshi water supplies, and issued words to the effect that the water was safe to drink
  • The NERC had not checked for the presence of arsenic, and many, including the claimant were subsequently poisoned

Issue

  • Could the NERC be liable for not mentioning that there could be arsenic in the water

Decision

  • No liability

Reasoning

  • There was n relationship of proximity between the claimant, a citizen, and the NERC
  • Just because someone had knowledge does not automatically give them a duty to help solve other’s problems
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