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Monday, September 22, 2014

Italian Appeals Court Upholds Guilty Verdict in Historic Eternit Asbestos Case

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An appeals court in Turin, Italy has affirmed a previous court's landmark ruling [en] finding Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny [en], former owner of cement manufacturer Swiss Eternit Group, responsible for nearly 3,000 asbestos-related deaths.
The court, presided over by Alberto Oggè, even upped the damages on June 3, 2013 that Schmidheiny must pay to the victims and local authorities.
There should have been two defendants, but the very day that the first conviction was handed down, the other defendant, the Belgian Baron Louis De Cartier De Marchienne [en], died aged 92 – a matter of days before the end of the appeal process. For this reason, the court declared his case settled.
Many sources have called [en] this the biggest trial for environmental damage in the history of Europe with more than 2,890 injured parties – both workers and citizens – of whom more than 2,000 have died or are suffering from serious illnesses.
Biagio Chiariello wrote on the community blog
La pronuncia della sentenza d’appello era attesa con trepidazione da almeno 500 persone, arrivate a bordo di sette autobus. Le parti lese sono circa seimila tra familiari dei lavoratori morti per tumore o semplici cittadini residenti nei luoghi in cui c’erano le fabbriche che producevano le fibre di amianto a Casale Monferrato, in provincia di...
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