Dutch Oil Co. Settles Ivory Coast Toxic Dumping Case

Law360, New York (September 21, 2009, 2:04 PM EDT) -- Less than two weeks before a trial in the U.K., Trafigura Beheer BV has settled a class action brought by Ivory Coast residents claiming that the Dutch oil trading company dumped toxic waste on the country's shores that caused injuries, miscarriages and even deaths.

The company announced the resolution to the dispute before the British High Court in London in a statement issued Saturday. A Trafigura spokeswoman said the company agreed to pay £950 ($1,541) per claimant, but she declined to say how many individuals the...
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