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11 Mai 2010

Robert Verkaik, Independent [UK]

Trafigura faces £105m legal bill over dumping of toxic waste

[Trafigura]…is facing a record legal bill of more than £100m over the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast…Martyn Day, a senior partner of Leigh Day & Co, the London law firm incurring the costs, said it had fought a "long and tough" battle with Trafigura…He added…£10m went on travel expenses and expert reports, £45m on paying solicitors and barristers…The claims were launched against Trafigura after an incident in August 2006 in which "slops" were deposited near Abidjan…The oil trading firm said it regretted the incident but did not accept legal liability as the dumping was carried out by a ship contractor which acted independently…without any authority from, Trafigura…