Taking China to Court; Environmentalists Have Found an All-American Way to Challenge the Worst Polluters-Class-Action Lawsuits
Schafer, Sarah, Newsweek International
Byline: Sarah Schafer
Earlier this year, villagers in Xiping, in the southern Chinese province of Fujian, scored an unprecedented victory in a country still struggling to build a sound legal system. With the help of the Legal Center for Pollution Victims--a prominent nongovernmental organization in Beijing--they filed a U.S.-style class-action lawsuit against a chemical factory they claimed was polluting the local river and ruining their mushroom and cabbage harvests. Needing evidence, activists asked the villagers to collect samples of the greenish water near the chemical plant and to shoot photographs of dead bamboo and other plants.
The locals did so, and their efforts paid off. This spring a …
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