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Legal News
11 May 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [order, PDF] a government petition to impose harsher sentences on those convicted for their role in the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Seven former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website] were … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The Indian government announced Thursday that it has authorized additional compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder]. The new package includes USD $15.8 million [Reuters report], adding to the original disbursement in June of USD $148 million. The compensation was approved after the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Indian government introduced a new court system Tuesday that will handle only environmental litigation. The National Green Tribunal, which was established by the Indian Parliament [official website] in June under the National Green Tribunal Act [text, PDF], will consist of a chairperson, and a maximum of 20 judicial … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban [official website, in Hungarian] announced Monday that police have arrested [press release, in Hungarian] Mal Rt [corporate website, in Hungarian; Reuters backgrounder] CEO Zoltan Bakonyi on criminal negligence charges for the company's role in last week's Akja chemical spill [CNN backgrounder]. Orban also announced … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Hungarian police on Wednesday initiated a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Ajka chemical spill [CNN backgrounder] to determine whether to bring charges against the plant owners for criminal negligence. The spill occurred Monday, releasing more than 20 million cubic feet of chemical waste [BBC report], causing four … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] announced [text, PDF] Tuesday that it will reconsider a 1996 ruling allowing former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website] accused in relation to the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder] to be charged with negligence instead of culpable homicide. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh [official website] apologized Saturday for the government's role in the 2008 disposal of toxic waste from the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder], which he said was done secretly and in an improper manner. Bhopal victims groups and citizens living near the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A panel of Indian Cabinet ministers on Monday recommended that the government consider increasing compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder]. The panel also indicated it will seek extradition of Warren Anderson, the former chairman of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website], … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] An Indian court on Monday convicted seven former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website] on charges relating to the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder]. The seven men were convicted of "death by negligence" and sentenced to two years in prison each and ordered to … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a water pollution lawsuit brought by survivors of the Bhopal disaster [BBC backgrounder] against US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website]. The litigation in the case, Sahu v. Union Carbide, concerns water pollution … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] was pressured by the White House to lower disclosure requirements [EPA Toxic Release Inventory materials] for companies storing or emitting 500 or more pounds of toxins, the Government Accountability Office [official website] said in a report [PDF text; summary] released Wednesday. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Twelve states filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Wednesday, seeking to invalidate new regulations that relax disclosure requirements [EPA Toxic Release Inventory materials] for companies storing or emitting 500 or more pounds of toxins. The civil case will be … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] L.K. Advani [party profile], leader of India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) [party website], said in a speech [text] Sunday in Bhopal that the July 11 Mumbai train bombings [BBC report] were "a fallout of repealing" the country's Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) [backgrounder; text], set aside by the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2004
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Groups representing victims of a 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, that killed 15,000 are appealing a $330 million award issued by the Indian Supreme Court earlier this week. The groups argue that the award should be quadrupled to provide enough compensation for each of the 572,173 people that … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2004
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court has approved a compensation plan for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster that killed more than 14,000 people. In July, the Supreme Court had ordered the central bank to pay the victims but no payments had been made. The plan calls for 15.67 billion rupees (343.5 million … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2004
by Tom Henry

In Monday's environmental law news, the EPA has removed the infamous Love Canal site in Niagara County, New York from the Superfund National Priorities List. The Love Canal area was a site for hazardous waste dumping from 1942-1952, after which the waste was covered by dirt and houses were constructed … [read more]

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