Hundreds of victims of a cholera outbreak in post-earthquake Haiti filed a class-action lawsuit in a New York federal court Tuesday, asking the court to declare that the United Nations is not immune from liability for the deadly epidemic that killed more than 9,000 Haitians and sickened 700,000.
The suit also is seeking compensation for the deaths and illnesses and funding for sanitation and clean water in Haiti. Filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, the lawsuit comes several days after the U.S. State Department asked a New York court to grant the U.N. immunity from legal action brought by another group of cholera victims.
The U.S. was responding to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of five named plaintiffs filed by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. The suit was filed in November 2013 in New York. Prior to that, it has filed 5,000 claims with the U.N.’s internal proceedings in Haiti and New York in early November 2011. via – MiamiHerald.com