• Kyodo


The last of the more than 1,000 plaintiffs to seek damages from the central government and five drugmakers over their infection with HIV through tainted blood products has reached a court-managed settlement with the defendants, judicial sources said Tuesday.

Reached Monday, the settlement at the Tokyo District Court ends a 22-year court battle over transmission of the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus through tainted blood products after the first group of plaintiffs filed a damages suit in 1989.

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