Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Revisited after Twenty-five Years
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Settlement Made by UCC
After a few months of the disaster, the GoI appointed itself as the exclusive representative of the victims for any legal dealings with UCC related to compensation. It passed the Bhopal Gas Leak (Processing of Claims) Act, 1985, and equipped with this power, the GoI filed a lawsuit to claim damages and compensation against UCC with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York...
The Tragedy Continues
Having paid the US$470 million compensation, UCC maintained that it did not have any more liability for the tragic incident. However, survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy argued that UCC and Anderson should be brought to justice...
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The Road Ahead
Dow continued to maintain that it did not have any liability since UCC had settled the matter by paying a one-time compensation of US$ 470 million. Its spokesman Scott Wheeler (Wheeler) said that Dow had "never owned or operated the Bhopal plant site and Dow did not inherit any liabilities of Union Carbide Corp."...
Exhibit I: Bhopal Gas Tragedy: A Timeline
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