The fifth court hearing was a black Friday for the plaintiffs’ lawyers. The judge wanted the discussion to proceed from the first plaintiff and the first defendant, and so on, one after another. Although it is a strange way to approach problems of causality in a case of industrial pollution, the defendants’ lawyers were very happy with that.
Furthermore, the judge rejected the plaintiffs’ request to have Prof. Chan Chang Chuan (NTU College of Public Health) testify as an expert at the bar, despite the fact he had conducted a lot of excellent epidemiological research on the case. For the sake of neutrality, the judge prefered to ask two other experts, although they had not conducted research on the case.
Presiding Judge Jiang Dezhong:(Left of the picture) essential facts, injurious behavior, unlawful damage result, causality
Defendant: We certainly agree with the judge's suggestion.
Plaintiff: We cannot prove the pollution contribution of every company. My claim is that the defendant’s company caused the pollution together.
Paul Jobin, "2017.01.13－0001 開庭court | Yunlin District Court", contributed by Tim Schütz, YING FENG ,TAI and Paul Jobin, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 9 April 2021, accessed 30 June 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/20170113－0001-開庭court-yunlin-district-court