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Bhopal gas victims appeal award by Indian Supreme Court

[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 the court ruled were eligible. Union Carbide, which owned the plant where the leak occurred, settled with the Indian government in 1989 for $470 million, but the Supreme Court only ordered the remaining funds to be released earlier this week. The groups challenging the award argued that the number of eligible victims had quadrupled in the time since the 1989 settlement due to births and newly reported cases, and the award should match that growth. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the award. AP has more.

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