Environmental protection: class action lawsuit against IBM
The subject of environmental protection has become a relevant factor for IT companies against the background of a general climate protection debate. So it is not surprising that, for example, IBM also tried recently to paint itself green.
This could suffer quite a bit now. In a class action lawsuit, a group of lawyers accuses the group of being too lax with the environmental pollution caused by an IBM-owned plant. The lawsuit goes back to several parents who live in the cities of Edicott and Union, New York, near the said factory. Specifically, the parents accuse IBM that their children have heart defects due to the factory, which was in operation until 2000, and that kidney damage occurs excessively among adults.
The reason for this is said to be the use of trichlorethylene (TCE) and other toxic chemicals that were released unfiltered by the plant in quantities that are hazardous to health. 'At that time, a permanent cloud of poison poisoned plants, animals and people over the long term,' write the lawyers in the lawsuit, which deals with various illnesses as well as deaths.
At IBM, however, one cannot see any connection . “We told the lawyers beforehand that we weren't to blame here. We will defend this position in court by all means, 'a spokesman commented on the events and pointed out that the allegations were neither scientifically nor legally tenable.