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4 Nov 2009

Adam Nossiter, New York Times

Payments in Ivory Coast Dumping Case at Risk, Lawyer Says

Thousands of victims of one of the worst toxic dumping scandals in years could lose their hard-won settlement thanks to maneuverings by a shadowy but “influential” figure in Ivory Coast, where the dumping occurred…Up to $45 million in compensation is at stake, intended for about 30,000 victims of an oil-based sludge surreptitiously dumped around Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s capital, in 2006…[T]he money, frozen in a local bank, has been claimed by a largely self-appointed community representative named Claude Gohourou. In recent weeks, the Ivorian judiciary has sided with him, according to the London law firm Leigh Day & Company, which represents the victims.

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Victims' settlement payments frozen in Trafigura Côte d'Ivoire toxic dumping lawsuit - local figure claims to be true representative

Trafigura lawsuit (re hazardous waste disposal in Côte d’Ivoire, filed in UK)