European court: Italy must increase payments over HIV-tainted blood

Sept. 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Italy must adjust damage payments to people who were given HIV-tainted blood to account for inflation, a European court said Tuesday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of 162 people involved in the case who said they had not received the additional money awarded by Italian courts, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The court ruled against the Rome government and upheld rulings in 2007 by the Court of Cassation and in 2010 by the Constitutional Court.

The legal proceedings started in 1993. The plaintiffs, many of them hemophiliacs, received blood products containing the HIV virus, which causes AIDS.

The Italian courts found that the government was responsible for the blood products' safety even though they came from commercial suppliers.

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