Esseka Accident, Cameroonian Lawyers Launch Case Against Bellore

Esseka Derailment Oct. 21, 2016

Esseka Derailment Oct. 21, 2016

A group of Cameroonian lawyers, representing victims of the Eseka railway accident, Saturday October 12, 2016 signed an agreement with the British Law firm Harding Mitchell to press for a class action against the French Company Operating Camrail.  Harding Mitchel had successfully sought and obtained in June the compensation of 4000 victims of the toxic waste disposed in Probo Koala, Ivory Coast.

The group of Cameroonian lawyers  led by Fru John Nsoh, Michel Janvier Voukeng and Guy Alain Tougoua filed a request to open an investigation in France, aimed in particular at the management of Camrail by the Bolloré group, French Africa largest Logistics Operator.

Harding Mitchel based in London, England has taken action not only in France but also in Italy, in Trieste, where the insurer of Camrail, Generali, has its registered office. The operational basis of the cartel during this case will be alternating between Douala and London, from which the mixed team will appear before the French and Italian courts.

British firm has a solid experience in the collective representation of victims of disasters. Last June, it obtained compensation for more than 4,000 victims of the Probo Koala, named after the ship belonging to Trafigura and having dumped toxic waste in the port of Abidjan in August 2006.

The Harding Mitchell team in charge of working with the Cameroonian lawyers will be led by Mr. Kalilou Fadiga, a member of the defense in the Trafigura case. He is scheduled to visit Douala this week in order to define a "common strategy" in the Class actions taken after the Eseka derailment.

The Esseka train derailment on October 21, 2016 claimed over 80 lives and left hundred others injured and under critcal condtions in hospitals in Douala and Yaounde.

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