Combining experience in litigating complex cases with a passion for upholding human rights, Hausfeld lawyers have successfully represented victims of human rights abuses in the United States and around the world since Hausfeld’s inception 10 years ago. The firm is particularly proud of our recent victory on behalf of South African gold miners suffering from occupational lung disease in Johannesburg, South Africa – a case first filed in August 2012 by our South African colleague Charles Abrahams, and spearheaded by our Washington, D.C.-based partner Richard Lewis. In 2018, a landmark settlement was reached in the case. The settlement calls for the compensation of all eligible gold miners who suffered from silicosis or tuberculosis, and sets up a trust to provide medical examinations of miners and compensation payments. The court is considering the settlement for approval, and will hold an approval hearing later this year.
Richard Lewis, who led the efforts in this case commented, “This was a victory for public health and for using the law to gain a measure of justice for large numbers of South African miners.”
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Hausfeld is a leading global law firm with offices in Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Düsseldorf, London, Stockholm, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The firm has a broad range of complex litigation expertise, particularly in antitrust/competition, financial services, sports and entertainment, environmental, mass torts, consumer protection, and human rights matters, often with an international dimension. Hausfeld aims to achieve the best possible results for clients through its practical and commercial approach, avoiding litigation where feasible, yet litigating robustly when necessary. Hausfeld’s extensive experience with alternative and innovative fee models offers clients a diverse menu of engagement options and maximum flexibility in terms of managing their cost exposure.
Hausfeld is the only claimants’ firm to be ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a top tier firm in private enforcement of antitrust/competition law in both the United States and Europe. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and landmark settlements, please visit www.hausfeld.com.