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18 February 2014

Cape/Gencor lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In 1997, a group of five South Africans suffering from asbestos-related disease (ARD) brought suit against Cape PLC in the English High Court seeking compensation for their injuries from Cape’s asbestos mining and milling activity in South Africa. ...

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Article
26 June 2013

Case profile: Cape/Gencor lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuit against Cape PLC filed in English High Court by former Cape workers & neighbours over compensation for their injuries from Cape's asbestos mining and milling activity in South...

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Article
26 September 2011

Mine class action could start soon [So. Africa]

Author: Dineo Matomela, Business Report [So. Africa]

More than 300 000 retired gold mine workers, who contracted silicosis or tuberculosis (TB) during or after their employment in the industry, were pushing for the start of a multibillion-rand class action next year, lawyer Richard Spoor said on Friday....

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7 March 2011
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Author: Richard Meeran, Leigh Day & Co

La Ley estadounidense de reparación de agravios a ciudadanos extranjeros (Alien Tort Statute o ATS, por sus siglas en inglés) es una ley interna que otorga a los tribunales estadounidenses competencias en casos que denuncian violaciones de los derechos...

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7 March 2011

[PDF] Tort litigation against multinationals (“MNCs”) for violation of human rights: an overview of the position outside the US

Author: Richard Meeran, Leigh Day & Co

Over the past decade, the US Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”)…has generally been viewed as the mechanism with the most promising potential for holding MNCs to account for human rights violations in developing countries. In recent years, US public interest...

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Article
28 September 2009

[PDF] Special event: Martyn Day & Paul Hoffman speaking on “Human rights lawsuits against companies – our experiences with victims, their families and businesspeople” (London, 3 Dec 2009)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is pleased to invite you to an event featuring leading human rights lawyers: Martyn Day (UK) & Paul Hoffman (US). Both have brought landmark lawsuits against companies. They will be speaking on the same...

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Article
16 January 2009

[DOC] Open Letter to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights: The genesis and development of MNC litigation in South Africa and a possible model for the future

Author: Richard Meeran, Partner, Leigh Day & Co

The ability to hold multi-national corporations (MNCs) to account legally in the home states of their head office parent corporations, for wrongdoing arising from their overseas developing country operations, is important...In light of the focus of...

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Article
1 July 2008

Corporate legal accountability for human rights abuses: Group claims in England & Wales

Author: Martyn Day, Leigh Day & Co Solicitors

My area of the law is group damages claims.  I believe that these claims play a crucial role in ensuring that multi-national companies are held to account and that there is a system that ensures that where groups of people are injured or suffer damage...

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Article
1 March 2005

[PDF] Beating the Odds: The Quest for Justice by South African Asbestos Mining Communities

Author: Jock McCulloch, Review of African Political Economy

In March 2003 a small community group, ‘The Concerned People Against Asbestos (CPA)’ based at Prieska in the Northern Cape, won a court case in a foreign country. That case may change the way in which multinational corporations behave in the...

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Article
8 January 2004

Asbestosis victims continue their fights while multinationals duck and dive [So. Africa]

Author: Ronnie Morris, Business Report [So. Africa]

Moral responsibility by multinational firms towards former mineworkers who are ill or dying because of exposure to asbestos dust and fibres appears to be an elusive dream. One need look no further than the shameful actions of British firm Cape when 7...

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