Alleged agreements between the German Government and Grünenthal during the Contergan trial

English attorneys claim that they found new documents that provide proof of the fact that secret agreements were made between German public authorities and Grünenthal.

They say that this alleged "deal" resulted in the discontinuation of the trial and it is claimed to have removed the opportunity for UK individuals to initiate proceedings for compensation against Grünenthal.

Grünenthal is adamant that there was no secret deal or other political interference to halt the trial. We are not aware of any evidence justifying such claims. The allegedly new documents which have been presented by English attorneys have been misinterpreted and taken out of historical context. A German law firm has reviewed these documents and put them into perspective. Their experts came to a clear conclusion: The documents are not new and have been kept in publicly accessible archives. The alleged involvement of the German public authorities in the progress and end of the trial did not take place. The procedures of the trial, the settlement and the founding of the Contergan Foundation were all inaccurately described, both with respect to the timeline, as well as the content.

A research report by the University of Münster (full version or English excerpt) commissioned by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia confirms that the allegedly new documents were in part wrongly dated and that the relationship between them was wrongly described or distorted by the attorneys.

1 Research report by WWU Münster for the Department of Health, Emancipation, Care and Age by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with the title "Die Haltung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen zu Contergan und den Folgen" (The position of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with respect to Contergan and its consequence), pages 27 to 31