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Yale urged to pull honorary degree over Italy asbestos deaths

By Jim Shelton, New Haven Register, 03/04/14 –

New Haven lawyer Christopher Meisenkothen represents a group of Italian asbestos victims requesting that Yale rescind a 1996 honorary degree to Stephan Schmidheiny. Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register

New Haven lawyer Christopher Meisenkothen represents a group of Italian asbestos victims requesting that Yale rescind a 1996 honorary degree to Stephan Schmidheiny. Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register

 NEW HAVEN – Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy, as well as some alumni and faculty in the U.S., are urging Yale University to take back an honorary degree it gave to a man whose factories caused the deaths of thousands of people.Stephan Schmidheiny, a Swiss billionaire and former owner of the asbestos products company Eternit, was convicted in 2012 by an Italian court and sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the decades-long contamination of sites in and around Casale Monferrato, in northern Italy. An appellate court in 2013 affirmed the conviction and bumped up the sentence to 18 years.