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Communications Act 2003

Section 104: Civil liability for breach of conditions or enforcement notification

251.This section provides that the obligation of a person to comply with any applicable conditions under section 45, or the conditions imposed by a direction under section 98 or 100, or any requirements imposed by an enforcement notification under section 95, is a duty owed to every person who may be affected by the contravention of the condition or requirement. Where a person sustains loss or damage as a result of a breach of that duty or of an act which induces a breach of the duty or interfering with its performance, that person may bring civil proceedings against the provider or supplier concerned. OFCOM’s consent is required before proceedings can be brought in respect of a breach of condition under section 45. In any such proceedings, a person may defend himself by demonstrating that he did everything reasonable and exercised all due diligence to avoid breaching the condition or requirement in question.

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