Dow Chemical Company was obliged to appear in court in Bhopal
to explain why it should not be named as a defendant, in place
of its absconding 100% subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation.
It produced a submission arguing that Dow, neither in the
form of its Indian subsidiary, nor the Dow Chemical Company
in the US, has any responsibility for Union Carbide Corporation,
which it claims is an independent entity.
. . . some of us remember that after the merger, Union Carbide
had tried very hard to disappear off the face of the earth.
It vanished into the bowels of its new parent. So far from
being independent was Union Carbide, that if you looked up
its website www.ucarbide.com, you would find yourself looking
at Dow's homepage.
days a truly independent company of Union Carbide's claimed
size and importance would definitely have its own website.
two days to go before the crucial hearing in Bhopal, Dow's
lawyers seem to have woken up to this fact. "Help, if
they find out that Union Carbide is really Dow, then we could
be in big trouble. Quick, make them look separate. Give Carbide
its own website."
if you look at www.ucarbide.com today you will see a Union
Carbide website, albeit identical in design to Dow's. (It
is in fact about two new pages and as for the rest "Some
unioncarbide.com content is hosted on www.dow.com, the website
of our parent company. In these cases, a separate window will
open." In other words they haven't had time to even make
a realistic pretence of an independent website.
would you have seen if you had looked for ucarbide.com just
two days ago, on 1st September? Luckily, we can see, because
Google keeps a cache.