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Netherlands: 100,000 victims of Côte d'Ivoire toxic spill launch new lawsuit against Trafigura

"100,000 victims of Ivory Coast toxic spill launch Dutch suit", 20 Feb 2015

More than 100,000 Ivorian victims of a 2006 toxic waste spill are suing Dutch multinational oil trader Trafigura…"We ask judges to rule that Trafigura Beheer B.V. be held responsible for bodily, moral and economic injury caused to the plaintiffs," according to a copy of the summons seen by AFP. It demands that the spill be cleaned up in addition to paying 110,937 victims compensation of 2,500 euros ($2,800) each…Trafigura, which denies any link between the waste and subsequent deaths, has previously reached out-of-court settlements…Britain and the Ivory Coast…Victims' lawyer Mathieu Cencig told AFP that the summons was sent to Trafigura earlier this week and papers would be filed before the Amsterdam courts on March 2, after a two-week period allowing the parties possibly to reach an out-of-court settlement.

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