Italian court rejects PVC industry case

The court of Rome has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the Italian arms of PVC manufacturers Solvay and European Vinyls Corporation (EVC) against Greenpeace Italy for defamation and economic damage. The case started in 1997, following a Greenpeace campaign highlighting health risks posed by phthalates leaching from certain PVC toys (EED 16/12/97). The judge rejected the firms' claims for damages, totalling more than €300m, and ordered them to pay costs. Greenpeace said in a statement that it may sue Solvay and EVC for libel, once the full judgement is released. See press release.

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