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Ivory Coast

In 2006, Leigh Day represented 30,000 claimants from Cote d’Ivoire against oil trader Trafigura over the dumping of allegedly toxic waste in the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan.

The waste, the by-product of an oil refining process carried out aboard the Probo Koala, a ship chartered by Trafigura, was offloaded to a local contractor in Abidjan in August 2006 and subsequently dumped at 12 different sites releasing foul-smelling gases that enveloped much of the city.

Over 100,000 Ivorians attended local hospitals complaining of health problems ranging from headaches and skin rashes to severe respiratory problems after exposure to the fumes.

Leigh Day issued proceedings in the High Court in London at the end of 2006 and after a long legal battle involving around 20 experts, the claims were successfully settled out of court in September 2009, resulting in compensation for the claimants.

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