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27 Okt 2010

Ginny LaRoe, Recorder [USA]

9th Circuit Orders Mediation in Rio Tinto Alien Tort Case

Nearly a decade into a court battle involving a foreign company and its alleged role in spurring civil war in a South Pacific country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is suggesting mediation…The mediation directive prompted a scorching dissent from Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, who argued the court probably doesn't have jurisdiction, that mediation may not serve justice, and that such talks could reignite violence in a region by upsetting a compromise between the Papua New Guinean government and the Region of Bougainville… The proposed class action in Sarei v. Rio Tinto, 02-56256, was filed on behalf of some 10,000 people who say they suffered from violence, threats of violence and pollution from Rio Tinto's copper mining in Bougainville.

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US federal appeals court orders mediation in Rio Tinto case re Papua New Guinea - dissent argues court lacks jurisdiction

Rio Tinto lawsuit (re Papua New Guinea)