South African court allows landmark silicosis suit against gold firms

By Reuters in Johannesburg

Up to 500,000 miners may be eligible to seek damages for lung diseases, a decision that could cost the industry millions

South Africa’s High Court have given the green light for class action suits seeking damages from gold firms, on behalf of up to half a million miners who contracted fatal lung diseases while working underground.

The decision by Judge Phineas Mojapelo sets the stage for protracted proceedings in South Africa’s largest class action suit, which analysts have said could cost the gold industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

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