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26 Nov 2014

Narayan Lakshman, Hindu (India)

Bhopal gas tragedy victims appeal to higher U.S. court

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After a New York judge declined…to allow the case brought by victims of the…Bhopal… tragedy to proceed…the plaintiffs have appealed…to reverse the decision [that Union Carbide Corporation (UCC)] could not be sued for ongoing contamination from the chemical plant…[P]laintiffs EarthRights International said that they…[had] presented…evidence that a UCC employee, [Mr] Couvaras, managed the construction of the plant, and in doing so had provided substantial new evidence that demonstrates UCC’s involvement…[The New York judge] said, “The manufacturing processes and waste disposal systems…at the Bhopal plant were all initially proposed by…Union Carbide India Limited… [and thus] defendant UCC's motion for summary judgment is granted [and] plaintiffs’ motions relating to the deposition of Couvaras are denied…”…[A] UCC spokesman…said…“People living near the Bhopal plant may well have suffered terrible and lasting injuries from a wholly preventable disaster for which someone is responsible…[H]owever…the evidence in this case demonstrates…that UCC is not that entity.”...

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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)