CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 10, 1984
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(Studio) Status of air and water in Bhopal, India, following last week's poison gas leak at Union Carbide plant there reported; chairperson Warren Anderson's denial that co. is ducking its moral and legal responsibility outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Bhopal, India) Attys.' preparations for suits against Union Carbide noted incl. Melvin Belli's advice to Indian authorities to file claims in United States courts rather than Indian ones. [BELLI - explains strategy.] Safety systems at plant said not operating at time of leak; details given. [MAN - claims system was turned off at the time; remarks transcribed on screen.] [ANDERSON - feels confident victims can be fairly compensated without adverse economy impact on corp.] Impact of liability question on Union Carbide stock outlined on screen. [BELLI - dismisses difficulty of case.] Legal complexities in case thought rivaling those of Agent Orange affair. [SURVIVOR - wants compensation rather than begging.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews
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