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Holidaymakers settle illness claims

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A group of 292 holidaymakers who suffered bouts of gastric illness during vacations in the Dominican Republic between November 2005 and September 2006 have settled their action against tour operators.

The group, including 39 children, claimed for damages as they fell ill at a hotel complex while holidaying in Bahia Maimon near Puerto Plata.

The incident highlighted the importance of holidaymakers ensuring that their travel insurance offered them a comprehensive cover.

The claimants filed a lawsuit against tour operators TUI UK Ltd and Thomas Cook Tour Operations Ltd in the High Court.

Counsel Matthew Chapman told Mrs Justice Thirlwall in London that the main conflict in the action was whether the illness was caused by a food-borne or drink-borne infection, or a virus.

Nine claimants had settled their case against Thomas Cook a year ago, while the remaining 283 now came to an agreement with TUI UK on confidential terms.

The judge approved the settlement of the lawsuit, which was scheduled for a 10-day trial.

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