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Global asbestos justice: South African asbestos victims win right to sue Cape PLC in U.K. courts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11809010     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A ruling by Britain's House of Lords in July 2000 opened the doors of the English courts to foreign plaintiffs injured by the overseas operation of British companies and their subsidiaries. The ruling authorized 3,000 South African asbestos victims to continue their case in the U.K. courts against the multinational British company Cape PLC, which produced both raw asbestos and asbestos products in South Africa. The Lords sided with the asbestos victims in refusing to transfer the case to South Africa, as requested by Cape. This decision was a reversal of fortune for Cape and has implications for other British multinationals that may be called upon to defend their overseas actions domestically.
L Kazan-Allen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0020-7314     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Health Serv     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-25     Completed Date:  2002-02-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1305035     Medline TA:  Int J Health Serv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  815-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asbestosis / economics,  etiology*
Great Britain
Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*
International Agencies
Liability, Legal
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects,  economics,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Occupational Health / legislation & jurisprudence
Social Justice
Social Responsibility
South Africa
Workers' Compensation / legislation & jurisprudence*

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