UK and Spain – Crackdown on British tourists’ phony food poisoning claims in Spain

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New measures will be introduced before summer to put an end to a scam that has swindled Spanish hotels out of millions

The British Ministry of Justice has announced new rules to stop British holidaymakers in Spain from scamming tour operators with fake food poisoning claims.

Under the crackdown, a limit will be set on the legal costs that can be claimed in overseas package travel claims. This will stop claims management companies from seeking legal costs that are out of proportion to the damages sought – a loophole that has often pushed tour operators to settle out of court.

Claiming compensation for being sick on holiday, when you haven’t been, is fraud

British Justice Minister Rory Stewart

 

In a press release, the Ministry of Justice said the change “would mean tour operators would pay prescribed costs depending on the value of the claim and length of proceedings, making defense costs predictable and assisting tour operators to challenge bogus claims.”

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