Union Carbides War Bhopal and Beyond

Bar & Bench December 2 2009

In 1989, the Supreme Court permitted Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) to settle its civil and criminal liabilities for the sum of $470 million - an amount which critics attacked as negligible in the context of the disaster. In 1991, the Supreme Court directed UCC to finance a fully equipped hospital for the survivors of Bhopal and UCC proceeded to form the Bhopal Hospital Trust on February 20, 1992. Subsequently, in 1994, the Court allowed UCC to divest its shareholdings in its Indian subsidiary - thereby formally ending UCC's involvement in Bhopal. This familiar narrative often obscures . . .

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