ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bhopal s Lone Survivor

Bhopal's Lone Survivor Hansavivek UNION CARBIDE INDIA faced as many as 2,898 law suits in the Court of District Judge, Bhopal, with total value of claims amounting to Rs 161.6 crore besides a representative suit claiming Rs 1,250 crore filed against it and the parent company, Union Carbide Corporation, USA. In terms of the Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster (Processing of Claims) Act, 1985, Government of India applied for being added as co-plaintiff. All these suits have been consolidated and stayed by the District Judge, Bhopal, on December 31, 1985. In the 16 suits filed against the US company in the US, one was dismissed and 13 were transferred to the Southern District Court in New York, while two suits are still pending in the State Courts in the States of Texas and Connecticut. The 13 suits were dismissed by Judge John F Keenan on May 12, 1986 on grounds of forum non convenient. Appeals have been filed against Judge Keenan's judgment before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in The Week's Companies New York. The remaining two suits are still pending in the State Courts in the US and are being contested by the company.

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