Politics 17 December 2009 Trafigura v the BBC: the endgame Update: BBC withdraws allegation that dumping of toxic waste "caused deaths" Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML On Tuesday I blogged on the disappearance of Newsnight's Trafigura investigation from its website. Now it emerges that a judgment on the libel action brought against the BBC by the oil firm is due today. David Leigh's Guardian piece curiously fails to link the video's removal to the imminent legal ruling, though the story was covered elsewhere on the site. BBC lawyers are said to be "engaged in a mediation process with Carter-Ruck", which is likely to be the explanation for the feature's disappearance. The case centres on Newsnight's claim that the dumping of toxic waste by Trafigura "caused deaths", and not merely sickness. Update: The BBC has withdrawn its allegation "that deaths, miscarriages or serious or long-term injuries were caused by the waste" and has apologised to Trafigura. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter › Christmas with John and Yoko George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The public like radical policies, but they aren't so keen on radical politicians Theresa May dodges difficult questions about social care and NHS in Andrew Neil interview Why is Labour surging in Wales?