Germany's TÜV Süd "Shirking Responsibility" over 2019 Brazil Dam Burst, Court Hears

German industrial inspector TÜV Süd was on Tuesday accused of evading its responsibilities over its alleged role in the 2019 deadly collapse of a dam in Brazil, as Brazilian claimants kicked off the first civil lawsuit in Germany over the disaster, Reuters reported. The municipality of Brumadinho and the family of an engineer killed in the accident allege the company negligently certified the Brumadinho dam in southeastern Brazil, although it did not meet international safety standards. Four months after the certification, in January 2019, it collapsed and unleashed a tide of waste that killed about 270 people in the country's deadliest mining disaster. Lawyers for the claimants said the case represented the chance of adequate reparations to rebuild lives and communities. "TÜV Süd is shirking its grave responsibility and will not help us rebuild our small municipality," Avimar Barcelos, the mayor of Brumadinho, told the court. Lawyers for Munich-based TÜV Süd voiced regret over the catastrophe but told the court the company was not liable, noting that Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore producer that operated the dam, had agreed to pay damages of 6.0 billion euros ($7 billion). Read more.