BHP loses appeal to multibillion lawsuit over Samarco disaster – by Cecilia Jamasmie ( – July 8, 2022)

BHP (ASX: BHP) said on Friday it had lost an appeal in a London court seeking to block an over £5 billion ($6bn-plus) lawsuit by 200,000 Brazilians over a deadly dam failure in Brazil seven years ago.

The group claim, one of the largest in British legal history, alleged that BHP, the world’s largest miner by market value, ignored safety warnings as the dam’s capacity was repeatedly increased by raising its height – and disregarded cracks that pointed to early signs of rupture.

BHP tried stopping the suit from proceeding in London, but Friday’s verdict overturned previous judgments, by ruling the case can be heard in English courts.

“The days of huge corporations doing what they want in countries on the other side of the world and getting away with it are over,” said Tom Goodhead, managing partner of law firm PGMBM, which represents Brazilian individuals, businesses, churches, municipalities and indigenous people. In total, 3,400 indigenous people were affected by the disaster.

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