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Lessons from the Silicosis Class Action Suit in South Africa
13 Dec 16 Silicosis

The entire South African gold mining industry is currently on trial. In a historic lawsuit, 32 gold mining companies, collectively comprising all the major mining houses, are being sued by 56 litigants who are current mineworkers, former mineworkers, or widows of former mine-workers. The miners and their families are seeking damages from the mining companies for silicosis and/or tuberculosis acquired while working in the gold mines. These 56 are only the tip of the iceberg: they potentially represent hundreds of thousands of affected individuals.

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