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London judges re-open £5bn Brazil dam lawsuit against BHP

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London’s Court of Appeal agreed on Tuesday to reopen a major lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP, reviving a £5-billion claim over a 2015 dam rupture that triggered Brazil’s worst environmental disaster.

A group of 200 000 Brazilian claimants have been pushing to resurrect the English lawsuit against BHP since a lower court struck out the lawsuit case as an abuse of process last November and a Court of Appeal judge upheld that decision in March.

“Whilst we fully understand the considerations that led the judge to his conclusion that the claim should be struck out, we nevertheless believe that the appeal has a real prospect of success,” three Appeal Court judges said in Tuesday’s ruling.

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