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28 Jun 2012

Bob Van Voris & Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg Businessweek

Union Carbide Wins Dismissal of Suit Over Bhopal Plant [India]

Dow Chemical...’s Union Carbide won dismissal of a lawsuit alleging polluted soil and water produced by its former chemical plant in Bhopal...U.S. District Judge...Keenan...ruled...that Union Carbide and its former chairman...weren’t liable for environmental remediation or pollution- related claims made by residents near the plant, which had been owned and operated by a former Union Carbide unit in India..., which later changed its name to Eveready Industries India...“The court decision...clarifies that UCC has no liability related to the plant site and further acknowledges the matter of site ownership and liability as being the responsibility of the state government of Madhya Pradesh,” the company said...Eveready said on its website that...[i]ts present business...has no connection with the pesticides business of Union Carbide.”...“Eveready is neither responsible for the pollution as reported, nor is it liable for the cleanup of the toxic material[.]”[refers to Williamson Magor Group]