Miners to Launch South Africa's Largest-Ever Class Action Suit

May 13, 2016 1:48 PM

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Miners to Launch South Africa's Largest-Ever Class Action Suit

South Africa’s High Court gave the go-ahead Friday for as many as half a million miners and ex-miners to file a class action suit against 32 gold mining companies. The miners say they contracted the lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis working in the mines.

“Historic” is how Charles Abrahams, a lawyer representing the miners, describes the court’s decision to allow South Africa’s largest-ever class action suit to proceed.

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