£20m pay-out for ‘toxic sofas’

Burns to leg

Chemicals used to protect the sofas caused burns

A number of High Street chains has been ordered to pay up to £20m ($31m) in compensation to 2,000 people who received chemical burns from sofas.

The victims are expected to get about £9,000 each plus other expenses for loss of weddings, holidays and wages.

The group that owns Argos and Homebase, furniture chain Walmsleys and other smaller firms had admitted liability for selling the Chinese-made sofas.

Land of Leather customers will not get the pay-out, after an earlier ruling.

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