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23 Nov 2014

Rick Herz, EarthRights International

Nearing the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, pollution victims ask U.S. Appeals Court to hold Union Carbide accountable

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Almost 30 years after the world’s worst industrial disaster, survivors and other members of the surrounding community continue to seek justice for toxic contamination. Property owners whose wells have been fouled by toxins from the…chemical plant in Bhopal, India, filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday, contesting a lower court’s decision that Union Carbide Corp. (UCC) could not be sued for ongoing pollution…[I]n July, a federal trial judge ruled that UCC was not sufficiently involved in the acts at the plant and that the project manager actually worked for the subsidiary. “…[T]he court chose to improperly assess the weight and credibility of [the Plantiff’s new] evidence, assessments that are supposed to be left to the jury,” said… EarthRights International…The plaintiffs believe that the Second Circuit will correct this error. [Also refers to Dow Chemical]

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Victims appeal US court decision in lawsuit against Union Carbide re Bhopal toxic contamination

Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal, filed in the US)