Total Unit, Ex-Manager Found Guilty In Deadly Explosion

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT) -- A French appeals court judge reportedly found a subsidiary of French energy company Total SA and a former plant manager guilty of manslaughter on Monday for their roles in a 2001 chemical plant explosion that killed 31 people.

Total subsidiary Grande Paroisse will pay a €225,000 fine ($291,000), and its former plant chief Serge Biechlin will serve a one-year prison sentence as part of the ruling that held both parties liable for the explosion at Total’s AZF chemical fertilizer plant, according to Agence France Presse....
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