Apartheid Lawsuit Filed Against De Beers

In the latest in a growing list of lawsuits, De Beers and its partial owner, Anglo-American, are being sued by former mine workers who charge the companies violated their rights during the apartheid era. The $6.1 billion suit was brought by Ed Fagan, the media-savvy and controversial attorney who successfully sued Swiss banks to obtain reparations for Holocaust survivors. The suit was filed in Nevada, Anglo-American's home base in the United States. It charges the two companies with paying black workers less than their white counterparts and keeping them in conditions "tantamount to slavery." Fagan did not return requests from JCK for comment but told the Scottish national publication The Scotsman: "If [De Beers and Anglo] want to come to the table, tell them to bring $3.1 billion to $6.1 billion, and then there is something to talk about." In response to the suit, De Beers told JC

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