Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Spain: In a landmark asbestos ruling, court awards damages to victims of environmental exposure

A Spanish court has for the first time ordered a firm to pay millions of euros in compensation to residents whose health was harmed by exposure to asbestos from one of its factories. These cases are known as cases of "environmental exposure." Previously, Spanish courts had awarded damages only to victims who had been exposed to asbestos in the course of their employment ("professional exposure cases.") The 45 victims had for decades lived near a cement factory owned by Uralita in a Barcelona suburb.

More from El Pais.

Here is the text of the opinion.