A FIRM being sued over the Grenfell fire callously claims the victims may have died due to “pre-existing medical conditions”.
Survivors and relatives of the 72 people who died have launched a lawsuit in the US against American company Saint-Gobain Corporation (SGC).
A firm being sued over the Grenfell fire has claimed the victims may have died due to ‘pre-existing medical conditions’[/caption]
The firm’s British arm Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK owns Celotex, maker of the insulation in the tower’s cladding.
But the US arm of the business, SGC, is bidding to be removed from the lawsuit.
The company claims it has been “improperly named” in the legal action because it did not “design, market, manufacture, or sell” any products implicated in the blaze.
SGC’s defence document also states: “Claims are barred, in whole or in part, to the extent damages, if any, were the direct result of pre-existing medical conditions.”
‘DEVALUING A LIFE’
Labour’s Teresa Pearce, who sits on the Commons housing select committee, branded the comments “outrageous and insulting”.
She added: “They are trying to devalue a life… to defend the indefensible.”
Court documents filed in Philadelphia accuse Celotex, Whirlpool and cladding maker Arconic of corporate greed which turned the 24-storey West London tower block into a “flaming coffin” in June 2017.
The documents say the inferno started in a fourth-floor flat when a Whirlpool fridge-freezer caught fire from overheating.
It says the flames spread to “highly combustible” cladding and became “uncontrollable”.
In 2012, Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK bought Celotex, which had two sites in Suffolk.
Celotex is accused of falsifying safety tests results on its insulation by putting a fire-resistant coating on it.
The firm said it is co-operating with the UK public inquiry.
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In relation to its defences on “pre-existing medical conditions”, SGC — whose CEO is Thomas Kinisky, 63 — said it was “preserving our right to respond to allegations”.
The lawsuit also states that Arconic “preyed on victims” by offering its cladding for £300,000 less than fire-resistant alternatives.
Arconic said it would respond in court.
The lawsuit documents say the inferno started in a fourth-floor flat when a Whirlpool fridge-freezer caught fire from overheating[/caption]
YOU would think relatives of the Grenfell Tower victims had suffered enough.
The callous approach of a US company being sued over cladding material that allegedly turned their tower into an inferno adds insult to their injury.
It stated in legal documents that it should not be held ultimately responsible for victims whose deaths were the “result of pre-existing medical conditions”.
This despite the fact many were burned alive or suffocated in their own flats.
The Saint-Gobain Corporation’s grotesque legalistic attempts to wriggle off the hook are sickening.
Its millionaire boss should be called to account.
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