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India: Dow Chemical a no-show in court hearing over Bhopal disaster

US chemical giant Dow has dodged justice again today by failing to comply with an Indian court summons over the catastrophic 1984 gas leak in Bhopal which left thousands dead and many more with chronic and debilitating illnesses, Amnesty International said… For 13 years, Dow has denied that it has any responsibility towards the victims and survivors of Bhopal. In a letter to Amnesty International earlier this year, a Dow official stated that efforts to involve the corporation in Indian court proceedings were “without merit”…The summons – the third issued to Dow, on 4 August this year – made it clear that, as UCC’s sole owner, Dow has a responsibility to ensure UCC faces these claims. The court has ordered another summons notice to be issued on 22 November and the hearing has been rescheduled for 14 March 2015. 

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