- Title: Brazil dam burst victims want money from TUV Sued
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: BRUMADINHO, BRAZIL (JANUARY 25, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS AERIAL VIEWS OF DEVASTATION FROM DAM RUPTURE BRUMADINHO, BRAZIL (JANUARY 26, 2019) (REUTERS) BROKEN TRAIN TRACK TRACKS THAT HAVE FALLEN BROKEN TRACKS OVER RIVER BRUMADINHO, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL (FILE - JANUARY 28, 2019) (REUTERS) RESCUE WORKERS AT SITE OF DAM RUPTURE BRUMADINHO, MINAS GERAIS STATE, BRAZIL (JANUARY 23, 2021) (REUTERS) DIGGERS AT SITE OF DAM RUPTURE BRUMADINHO, BRAZIL (JANUARY 26, 2019) (REUTERS) WOMAN CRYING BEING COMFORTED RED CROSS TENT SET UP AT SITE FOR DONATIONS WOMAN CRYING DOCTOR TREATING CRYING WOMAN WOMAN CRYING BRUMADINHO, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL (JANUARY 23, 2021) (REUTERS) DRONE VIDEO OF SITE OF DAM RUPTURE WITH BRIDGE STILL BROKEN, MUD CLEARED
- Embargoed: 12th October 2021 10:36
- Keywords: Brazil Germany Munich TUEV Sued court dam
- Location: MUNICH, GERMANY & BRUMADINHO, BRAZIL
- City: MUNICH, GERMANY & BRUMADINHO, BRAZIL
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Europe,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA002EWMUBLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:An environmental catastrophe with around 270 deaths in faraway Brazil is to be dealt with legally in the Munich Regional Court from Tuesday (September 28).
The small town of Brumadinho, over which a toxic mudslide from a broken dam of iron ore giant Vale poured in January 2019, and the family of six of one of the fatalities are claiming damages from Munich-based testing company TUEV Sued.
The reason: Its Brazilian subsidiary TUEV Sued Bureau had falsely confirmed four months earlier that the soaked dam was safe.
TUEV Sued feels it has been unjustly sued. "The causes of the dam burst are still unclear today. There is a whole series of investigations and also investigation reports with results, some of which are also contradictory. We are convinced that TUEV Sued bears no legal responsibility and that the stability declarations were prepared in accordance with the applicable Brazilian laws, regulations and technical standards", said TUEV Sued spokesman Thomas Oberst.
The lawyers filed the suit in Munich because they consider the judiciary in Brazil to be slow and inefficient.
Besides, they can probably expect more money from a billion-dollar corporation like TUEV Sued AG than from a tiny subsidiary in Brazil.
They do not want to quantify the concrete claim for damages until the regional court has clarified whether the parent company is liable at all.
The trial will be held on Tuesday in Munich's Stadelheim correctional facility (JVA) because of the interest in the proceedings in Germany and especially in Brazil. Stadelheim is the largest courtroom in Munich.
(Production: Ayhan Uyanik, Christine Uyanik, Stephan Schepers)
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