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4 Nov 2009

Leigh Day & Co.

Concern that Ivory Coast compensation will be misappropriated

Concern is growing that the compensation paid by Trafigura to the 29,624 claimants in the Ivory Coast following their alleged exposure to the waste from the Probo Koala in 2006 is likely to end up being expropriated. On 24th September Trafigura paid the settlement monies into two Leigh Day client accounts at the Societe Generale bank in Abidjan covering the full agreed compensation for the injury claimants and the business claimants…[O]n 22nd October a freezing order was served on Leigh Day and the bank in relation to the accounts. The freezing order had been made by the Abidjan Courts on behalf of a fabricated claim by a community representative.

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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)