After the dam broke with numerous deaths in Brazil in January 2019, there were charges against the Brazilian mining company, the German inspection company TÜV Süd and 16 individuals. The prosecutor announced the lawsuits on Twitter. The Wall Street Journal reported that individuals were charged with homicides, among other things.

The TÜV had certified the Vale dam at a retention basin for mine waste in autumn 2018 – despite several maintenance recommendations. At the end of January 2019 the dam broke, a mudslide buried 270 people among themselves. It was one of the worst accidents in the country's history.

At that time, TÜV Süd had rejected the complicity of its test engineers.