Superior Court of Justice

Post-consumer liability – Superior Court of Justice's unprecedented decision

Date of Release: 
May 25 2015

Introduction

Unbridled global consumption of manufactured products has generated significant waste and created major problems related to environmentally appropriate disposal and post-consumer waste management.

In light of this, on August 18 2014 the Superior Court of Justice recognised the post-consumer liability of potentially polluting product manufacturers for the first time.(1) The decision dealt with a class action for environmental damages caused by the environmentally inappropriate disposal of polyethylene terephthalate bottles used for packaging soft drinks.

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