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Mesothelioma/Asbestos Advocacy Group to Receive Damages Following Spying Incident

Imagine dedicating your life to the cause of banning asbestos worldwide, protecting people from becoming victims of asbestos-related diseases like malignant mesothelioma. With such a high-minded, compassionate goal, would you ever imagine yourself the subject of espionage? That is exactly what happened to Laurie Kazan-Allen, the founder and coordinator of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. Kazan-Allen discovered that she had been specifically identified and targeted by a representative of a professional intelligence agency that had been hired by asbestos industry clients to uncover the group’s anti-asbestos strategies. After years of investigation and litigation, the security firm has been forced to pay significant damages in the case.

The private investigator accused of spying on the anti-asbestos/mesothelioma advocates was K2 Intelligence, and though the amount of damages they’ll be paying has not been revealed, it is expected to be substantial. The firm admitted to having paid a spy named Robert Moore to infiltrate the organization, pretending to be a documentary film maker profiling the activists’ activities. The operation went on for four years, and far beyond its initial mission of seeking information about the organization’s plans, methods and funding. According to the advocacy group’s attorney, Richard Meeran, “The extent of intrusion into these campaigners’ private lives shines a worrying light on the opaque activities of the burgeoning corporate intelligence industry.” The lawsuit filed against K2 Intelligence accused them of  breach of confidence, misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act.

There are anti-asbestos activists working all over the world to ban the use of the deadly carcinogen, which has been found to cause malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other serious illnesses. This espionage case took place in London, and the asbestos clients that had hired K2 to gather information included Wetherby Select Ltd, a company in the British Virgin Islands; Nurlan Omarov, a Kazakh asbestos industry lobbyist; and Daniel Kunin, a figure in Kazakhstan’s asbestos industry. Kazkhstan is one of the world’s leading exporters of the toxic mineral.

Banning the use of asbestos would be a positive outcome, but unfortunately it would not stop people from being diagnosed with mesothelioma for years to come. If you have this terrible disease, or any other asbestos-related disease, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.