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UK class action starts over toxic waste dumped in Africa

Lawyers will today begin preparing the ground for one of the largest class actions heard in the UK over 400 tonnes of allegedly highly toxic waste dumped in the Ivory Coast from a cargo ship chartered by a London-based company [Trafigura]. The legal team will start taking statements from thousands of witnesses...According to Leigh Day, the British law firm which arrived yesterday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's economic capital, up to 5,000 people may sue those to blame...Martyn Day, of Leigh Day, said: "Although the events took place thousands of miles away it is right that this British company is made to account for its actions by the British courts." Trafigura has sanctioned an independent inquiry...[also refers to Ivoirien waste company Tommy]

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