Today, the New South Wales Court of Appeals issued a decision to reduce penalties imposed on the former directors of asbestos manufacturer James Hardie. Ironically, this judgment was issued on the concluding day of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) TV miniseries, "Devil’s Dust," inspired by Matt Peacock’s book “Killer Company."
The global outrage and digital conversation began minutes after the news hit the wire. View the news articles, videos, and tweets that tell the story of pain, disgust, grief, and outrage. Bernie, we will keep your fight for justice alive.
~ Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Co-Founder and Mesothelioma Widow
- Karen Banton, wife of the late Bernie Banton who died in 2007 of mesothelioma, expressed her disappointment about the New South Wales Court of Appeal decision to reduce penalties imposed on asbestos maker James Hardie Directors.
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Devil's Dust Trailer
May 2012: The High Court holds that seven directors of the James Hardie Industries breached their duties by approving the company’s release of a misleading statement to the stock exchange that the MRCF was "fully funded". SOURCE: TIMELINE – OF BERNIE BANTON AND JAMES HARDIE
- November 2012: The New South Wales Court of Appeals issued a decision to reduce penalties imposed on asbestos maker James Hardie Directors.
Petition To: Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard: “Asbestos Kills! James Hardie Directors Slap on the Wrist Token Sentence!” by Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient