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20 Jul 2016

Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com

So. Africa: Gold mining companies appeal to Supreme Court over class action decision in silicosis lawsuit

“South African gold firms file plea to appeal lung disease class action”, 15 Jul 2016

Six South African gold miners filed petitions on Friday to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to review a May ruling allowing the country’s biggest-ever class action to go ahead.  African Rainbow Minerals…, Anglo American South Africa…, AngloGold Ashanti…, Gold Fields…, Harmony Gold…and Sibanye Gold…, are hoping the SCA will overturn the country's High Court decision to allow two separate classes — one for silicosis and the other one for tuberculosis…[T]he firms said they were conscious of concerns that the appeal would delay a final verdict. However, they noted they believe a review was necessary as the May judgment "addresses a number of highly complex and important issues."…The suit, first filed in 2012, alleges the named companies knew of the dangers posed to miners by silica dust for more than a century and lists 12 specific forms of neglect and endangerment...