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Most of Dong Nai farmers agree not to sue polluter Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Most of farmers in the southern province of Dong Nai have agreed not to sue Taiwanese MSG company Vedan and accept its VND120 billion compensation for damage it caused to them by polluting the Thi Vai River.

The form to collect Dong Nai farmers’ opinions (Photo: Vietnam Net)

Tran Van Quang, vice chairman of the Dong Nai Province Farmers Association, said relative provincial agencies August 27 received back 2,000 forms which they had delivered to affected farmers in Phuoc Thai and Long Phuoc communes, Long Thanh District to collect their opinions on whether they want to sue Vedan or accept its compensation.

He said most of farmers accept the compensation and do not want to sue Vedan, only six said they want to.

About 4,000 forms would be delivered today to farmers in Phuoc An and Long Tho communes, Nhon Trach District, he added.

The province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment sent August 27 an official letter to the provincial People’s Committee to suggest rates for dividing the compensation among affected farmers in line with the figure in the assessment by the Institute for Natural Resources and Environment, in the case farmers take the compensation.

According to the suggested rates, Nhon Trach farmers will receive VND89 billion, and Long Thanh farmers will get over VND30.7 billion.

While Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau signed compensation agreements with Vedan on August 13, Dong Nai remains uncertain.
By August 16, nearly 5,000 affected farmers denied as victims of Vedan and over 3,000 lodged complaints against Vedan with the local court.

Dong Nai authorities had to organize a closed meeting to discuss the case on August 16, and after the meeting they decided to collect farmers’ opinions about Vedan’s compensation.

If Dong Nai farmers agree to the compensation, then they must stop their lawsuits.

Source: SGGP

VFA urges swift action to help farmers sue Vedan

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

The Vietnam Farmers Association has asked Farmers Associations of HCM City, Dong Nai and Ba Ria – Vung Tau provinces to support farmers in completing legal procedures necessary to bring Vedan to court.

According to the Vietnam Farmers Association, the offer of VND130 billion (US$6.8 million) from Taiwanese MSG producer Vedan as compensation is far too low compared with the economic damage the company caused farmers in HCM City, Dong Nai and Ba Ria – Vung Tau provinces.

The Vietnam Farmers Association has asked the local farmer associations and relevant departments to cooperate closely with each other to protect ther rights of affected farmers and help them acquire funds requisite to file their lawsuit against Vedan.

According to Tran Van Cuong, deputy chairman of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Tan Thanh District People’s Court has received 800 of 1,255 petitions of affected farmers requesting that Vedan pay damages.

On the same day, lawyers, acting on behalf of farmers, brought 57 petitions of farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts of Dong Nai Province to local courts of respective districts.

To date, 58 legal petitions to bring Vedan to court have been filed in Dong Nai Province.



Source: SGGP

Environmental ministry agrees to help farmers sue Vedan

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment August 4 agreed to a proposal which would advance farmers in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province VND2.6 billion (US$130,000) to cover legal fees involved with suing the Taiwanese MSG company Vedan.

Taiwanese MSG company Vedan

The money will come from the Vietnam Environment Protection Fund, said a representative from the ministry.

According to Tran Van Cuong, deputy chairman of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Tan Thanh District People’s Court has received 700 of 1,255 petitions of affected farmers requesting Vedan pay for damages.

Lawsuit applications against Vedan are expected to be filed with the district People’s Court on August 12, Cuong said.

On the same day, lawyer Nguyen Duc, Chairman of Dong Nai Province Lawyer Association said lawyers, acting on behalf of farmers, filed 30 petitions to bring Vedan to court.

To date, lawyers in Dong Nai Province have instructed 2,500 households to complete legal procedures necessary to sue Vedan.

Source: SGGP

Farmers determined to sue polluter Vedan despite increased offer

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Farmers determined to sue polluter Vedan despite increased offer

QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Taiwanese monosodium glutamate producer Vedan Vietnam raised its compensation offer to Vietnamese farmers affected by its untreated wastewater to a combined VND130 billion (US$6.8 million), up from VND56 billion earlier, but tillers are still determined to sue the company as they consider the proposed figure unsatisfactory.

Vedan sent an official letter on July 28 to the Prime Minister of Vietnam and People’s Committees of Ho Chi Minh City, and southern provinces Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau to offer the raised rate of compensation.

The company said it would give affected farmers in Ho Chi Minh City VND30 billion instead of the VND16 billion it offered earlier; farmers of Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces have now been offered VND60 billion and VND40 billion, instead of VND30 billion and VND10 billion respectively.

Vedan said it hoped the raise of compensation would resolve the case definitively.

Seeking to avoid a lawsuit, this is the fifth time Vedan has haggled over damages.

Though the latest proposed compensation represents an increase of almost six fold compared to Vendan’s first offer in a year ago, it is still considerably lower than the damages claimed by farmers.

HCMC authorities have asked Vedan to pay VND45.7 billion, while Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau have asked the company to pay VND120 billion and over VND53 billion respectively.

Therefore, farmers said they would sue Vedan for proper damages.

Nguyen Van Phung, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Farmers’ Association, said Vedan’s offer of VND30 billion to tillers in the city’s Can Gio District is too low.

At present, files of 839 affected families in the district are complete, and lawyers authorized by the farmers will soon file lawsuit applications against Vedan with the district People’s Court, he added.

Meanwhile, Tran Van Cuong, deputy director of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department and head of the committee for assessing damage caused by Vedan, said the province’s authorized lawyers would continue to send all files of 1,253 affected families to the Tan Thanh District People’s Court.

He said the province will stop sending lawsuit applications only when Vedan agrees to pay farmers the VND53 billion they have required.

Nguyen Duc, chairman of the Dong Nai Province Bar, said Vedan and tillers can negotiate in court, and his bar members will continue to offer advice and legal assistance.

The Ministry of National Resources and Environment also held a meeting yesterday to define the responsibilities of State agencies in forcing Vedan to honor its commitment to pay reparations to affected tillers.

At the meeting, minister Pham Khoi Nguyen said the ministry would assume the responsibility for demanding that Vedan pay damages, and that the Environment Protection Fund would cover farmers’ legal fees.

Vedan’s untreated wastewater killed aquaculture and riverside crops in HCMC,  Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Dong Nai Province from 1994-2008.

Over the period, the company dumped 105 million liters of untreated wastewater into the river each month via a secret pipeline.

For two years since the act was uncovered, farmers and Vietnamese authorities have been asking Vedan to assume financial responsibility for their pollution, but the company’s offers have been consistently rejected as too low.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

HCMC farmer association proposes advance of $116,000 to sue Vedan

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

Ho Chi Minh City Farmer Association said it will propose that the city People’s Committee seek funds from the city’s budget to advance VND2.2 billion (US$116,000) to famers in Can Gio District, to pay fees necessary to take legal action against Taiwanese MSG producer, Vedan.

The wastewater processing tank at Vedan. The company heavily contaminated Thi Vai River. (Photo:VNA)

The city People’s Committee had requested Vedan pay damages to farmers VND45.7 billion ($2.4 million). The claim was legitimate, based on results of investigations done by the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources acting upon the request of the Prime Minister and the environment ministry, said Phung, chairman of the association.

The association will also coordinate with the city Lawyers Association, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Institute of Environment and Resources of the HCM National University, to prepare documents necessary to sue Vedan if the company does not properly compensate victims of the pollution they caused in the Thi Vai River.

Earlier, representatives from the company said it would support farmers in the Can Gio District with VND7 billion ($368,000), accounting for one-tenth of the farmers’ actual losses, but it added that it was difficult to legally prove how much they were affected by the pollution.

The city People’s Committee asked relevant agencies to determine the best method for demanding Vendan comply and provide satisfactory compensation.

In September 2008, Vedan was caught discharging untreated wastewater to the Thi Vai River in Dong Nai province, causing serious pollution and heavy losses to thousands fishing households, including those in Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and HCM City’s Can Gio District. It turned out that the company had been doing it for 14 years.

Source: SGGP

China author set to sue Google over web book scan: lawyer

In World on December 28, 2009 at 7:45 am

Chinese author Mian Mian, who shot to fame with lurid tales of sex, drugs and alcohol in the underworld, will sue Internet giant Google this week for copyright infringement, her lawyer said Monday.

Sun Jingwei told AFP that the case — the first civil lawsuit against Google in China over the scanning of books into its controversial web library — would open at a Beijing court on Tuesday.

“Tomorrow afternoon at the Haidian court, representatives from both sides will hand over evidence,” Sun said. “After that I will be preparing our case and I figure that the actual trial will take place next year.”

The 39-year-old Mian Mian — who won fame in 2000 with her novel “Candy,” a story about prostitutes, gangsters and artists in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen — is seeking 61,000 yuan (8,900 dollars) in damages.

She alleges that Google illegally scanned her third novel “Acid Lovers” into its digital library, Sun said.

Mian Mian’s books have been translated into many languages but are largely banned in China, although they were widely available on the black market in the years following the publication of “Candy.”

According to the China Written Works Copyright Society, tens of thousands of books by hundreds of Chinese authors have been added to Google Books, the US Internet giant’s project to digitise millions of books and post them online.

Representatives of the society have said that talks with Google on the issue were “progressing well,” the state-run Global Times newspaper reported Monday.

“First we want Google to admit their mistake and apologise, then we can talk about compensation,” the paper quoted the society’s deputy director-general Zhang Hongbo as saying.

“At the same time, we don’t want Google to give up China in its digitised library project.”

Google China was not immediately available to comment.

The All China Writers’ Association has supported Mian Mian and called on the Internet giant to respect the rights of writers, the China Youth Daily reported.

The Google Books project has also raised objections from authors and publishers in the United States, France, Germany and other countries.

Google reached a settlement with US authors and publishers last year over a copyright infringement suit filed in 2005.

Under the deal, Google agreed to pay 125 million dollars to resolve outstanding claims and establish an independent unit to provide revenue from sales and advertising to authors and publishers who agree to digitise their books.

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