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5 Sep 2015

Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu

Bhopal gas tragedy victims press on with appeal arguments in US

…[L]awyers [for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster] this week filed arguments with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the company…was continuing to foul local wells from its plant located in the area…[T]he appeal come[s] more than a year after a New York federal district court found that [Union Carbide Company (UCC)] could not be sued in the Sahu II case, despite “compelling evidence that UCC caused the harm”, including arguments…that a UCC employee, Lucas John Couvaras, managed the construction of the plant…In this week’s developments, the plaintiffs said that they had provided more evidence demonstrating UCC’s responsibility…ERI counsel Marco Simons said that…the plaintiffs were “quite hopeful” about the outcome after the “hearing went well and the judges seemed pretty engaged in the case,” particularly expressing concern that the judge [in the New York court] did not adequately address the fact that the construction manager for the plant said that he worked for UCC…”