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Sugar Bosses Sued for Fatal Explosion

HOUSTON (CN) - Shareholders claim Imperial Sugar Co. directors' failure to control sugar dust at a Louisiana refinery caused Feb. 7, 2008 explosion that killed 14 workers and injured dozens, costing Imperial $8.8 million in fines for 199 safety violations. Shareholders say directors knew of the violations as early as 2002 but failed to correct them.

That failure cost the company millions more in personal injury lawsuits and lost production, says the suit.

Plaintiffs in this shareholders derivative complaint are represented by Richard Norman of Crowley Norman, in Harris County Court.

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