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Avv. Stefano Bertone (english version)

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Stefano Bertone (born 1973) is a personal injury, plaintiff lawyer member of the Turin Bar.

He graduated in 1999 with a thesis of environmental law on the protection of endangered forests in the Amazon Basin and South America. He is with Ambrosio e Commodo (A&C) since the very first day of his legal profession.

He only represents victims and his fields of expertise are pharmaceutical/product liability, medical malpractice, maritime, aviation mass tort personal injury cases.

He leads A&C’s tainted blood group, assisting several hundreds of people infected with HIV and/or HCV from contaminated blood transfusions and products. The group defends their clients’ rights before both civil and criminal tribunals, first instance courts, appellate courts, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and has obtained verdicts and compensation from various entities including the Italian Ministry of Health, Italian Regions, local health bodies, insurance companies and pharmaceutical industries.

Since 2003 he has also been coordinating A&C’s activities in representing hundreds of Italian hemophiliacs infected with HIV and/or HCV from contaminated blood products in litigation in the United States and Italy against drug companies Baxter, Bayer, Aventis Behring and Alpha. The case, which was coordinated and managed by San Francisco’s Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein law firm, is known as “In Re Factor VIII or IX Concentrate Blood Products Litigation – Mdl N. 986, N. 1:93cv7452”.

The case was almost entirely settled between 2010 and 2011.

As regards maritime cases, Stefano and A&C are members of the Al Salam Boccaccio ’98 Tragedy Consortium, formed by several law firms from different countries and continents, including Robert Lieff, Nigel Taylor, BCV Bellecave Cabrero Villacorta, Yasser Fathy, Marco Bona and they co-represent Egyptian families of deceased passengers and crew of the Al Salam Boccaccio ’98 ro-ro ferry (IMO 6921282), which caught fire, capsized and sunk in the Red Sea on February 2, 2006, killing more than 1,000.

The case is pending in the first instance court of Genova, Italy, the defendant being RINA S.p.A., an Italian company which at the time of the accident was both the Recognized Organization in charge of performing certain statutory surveys on behalf of the State of Panama, and the classification society of the Egyptian ship managing company at the time of the sinking, El Salam Maritime Transport Co., Ltd.

Stefano and the firm, alongside with colleague Marco Bona, are also involved in the Costa Concordia (IMO 9320544) incident occurred on January 13, 2012 at the Isola del Giglio, Italy, representing several families of deceased crew members and injured passengers.

In the aviation sector, he represents the family of a young pilot who was killed in a crash as a consequence of negligent guidance and poor safety procedures from Intercockpit/Pilot Training Network GmbH, the flying school, part of the Lufthansa Group. Together with Italian and British lawyers he has co-represented relatives of two of the ten Italian nationals who were killed in the AF 447 crash of June 1, 2009, between Rio de Janeiro and Paris CDG. The families reached a settlement agreement with Air France and its insurer AXA prior to going to Court in the summer of 2011 in London. Mr. Bertone has also been co-counsel to colleague Ermanno Zancla assisting passengers of flight IV 230 (Windjet) who were injured during landing at Aeroporto Internazionale Falcone Borsellino, Palermo, Italy, on September 24, 2010.

He is a founding member of Associazione Italiana sul Danno alla Persona (AIDAP, Italian Association on Personal Injuries), a member of the AIDC – Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato (Italian Association of Comparative Law), PEOPIL (Pan-European Organization of Personal Injury Lawyers) and the AAJ (formerly ATLA, Association of Trial Lawyers of America).

He wrote several publications on personal injury legal issues (in Italian), including:

  • Monateri, Bona, Oliva, Peccenini e Tullini, Il danno alla persona, Volume II, Utet, Torino, 2000. – Cap. XXI, Danno alla persona da disastro ambientale.
  • Bertone, Il dramma internazionale degli emoderivati infetti,, Torino, 2003.
  • Pignatta, Bertone, Sangue e Affari, storia di uno scandalo internazionale nell’industria dei farmaci, Frilli Editori, Genova, 2004
  • Bona, Monateri, Iadecola, Bertone, Ambrosio, Bonziglia, Castiglioni, Virzì, Gribaldi e  Catalano, Il nesso di causa nel danno alla persona, Ipsoa, Milano, 2005 – Cap. VIII, Il nesso di causa nei contagi da HBV, HCV e HIV (with Marco Bona)
  • Bona, Monateri, Iadecola, Bertone, Ambrosio, Bonziglia, Castiglioni, Virzì, Gribaldi e Catalano, Il nesso di causa nel danno alla persona, Ipsoa, Milano, 2005 – Cap. IX, Il nesso di causa nei  danni da fumo (with David Gribaldi and Marco Bona)
  • Bertone, Cass. Sez. U., 11 novembre 2008, n. 26972, a distanza di oltre un anno: una decisione futile, immaginaria ed intollerante, 2010, in Persona e Danno
  • Bertone, Suor Gertrude e le nuove imposizioni di volonta’: il ridicolo della mediazione obbligatoria ex d. lgs. 4.03.2010 n. 28, 2011, in Persona e Danno
  • Bertone, Arnone, Zancla “Indennizzo da vaccino: cade un ulteriore limite” – C. Cost. 107/2012, 2012, in Persona e Danno
  • Bertone “Una telefonata (col cellulare) ti accorcia la vitaCass. n. 17438/2012”, in Persona e Danno.
  • Bertone “Una telefonata (col cellulare) ti accorcia la vita  (Cass. n. 17438/2012, seconda puntata)”, in Persona e Danno.
  • Levis, Bertone, Critical comment upon nature/editorial on “murky manoeuvres”, Nature: 491, 7, 2012:

Stefano is a member and advisor to “Comitato 210/92 … per un’equa giustizia”, an association which has the scope of increasing the legal protection of people infected with HCV and/or HIV through blood transfusions and blood factor products, as well as to hold legally responsible the culprits of such crimes (epidemic, repeated manslaughter), and he is a regular speaker at the annual meetings of the hemophiliacs societies Lagev – Libera Associazione Genitori ed Emofilici del Veneto and Arlafe – Associazione Regionale Ligure Affiliata alla Federazione Emofilici.

Hemophiliacs infected in the 70’s and 80’s still die at a very low median age every year for AIDS and or hepatitis caused by blood factor drugs: the last 15 deceased hemophiliacs known to Mr. Bertone who passed away between 2006 and 2013 with HIV and HCV infections, had 44 years on average, while mean duration of life in same age non-infected males in Italy is 70. As a consequence, a very strong public interest persists in Italy, as elsewhere in the world, to search for the truth so that justice gets real and punishment concrete.

Stefano has also been a speaker at several conferences and meetings, including:

  • Il risarcimento dei danni da trasfusione e somministrazione di sangue ed emoderivati infetti”, Palermo, Aula Magna del Palazzo di Giustizia, September 18, 2006.
  • Convegno internazionale, Italia – U.S.A. a confronto. Danni e responsabilità alla luce del nuovo codice dei consumatori, Torino, May 23, 2006.
  • Global Justice Forum 2006Litigating Plaintiffs’ Claims Internationally – Paris, France, May 18-19, 2006.
  • Spring Global Justice Forum 2007 – Rome, May 16-18, 2007.
  • Giornata di studio danno alla persona. “Danneggiato: tabellato o tutelato?”, Belluno, September 14, 2007.
  • Fall 2007 Global Justice Forum – New York City, Columbia University, November 2, 2007.
  • Danno da sangue infetto, quali responsabilità? Dalla realtà locale al problema globale”, Trento, Law Faculty and Elsa, April 23, 2009.
  • Fall 2009 Global Justice Forum – New York City, Columbia University, October 15-17, 2009.
  • Il danno da farmaci. L’esperienza statunitense ed il ruolo della class action: il caso Gullone, Torino, Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati, 13 aprile 2011.
  • Fall 2011 Global Justice Forum – New York City, Columbia University, October 13-15, 2011.
  • Fall 2013 Global Justice Forum – New York City, Columbia University, October 11, 2013.

You can speak to him in Italian, English, Spanish and French.