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30 Aug 2013

Alexandra Posadzki, Canadian Press

HudBay won't appeal ruling that Guatemala case can be tried in Canada: lawyer

A Canadian mining company has decided not to appeal a ruling that will allow three lawsuits it is facing over alleged shootings and gang rapes at a Guatemalan project to be tried in Canada…The ruling makes it possible for firms to face liability at home for incidents that occur abroad…One of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs -- 13 Mayan Guatemalans -- said he was surprised by the decision because he said so far the mining company has fought "tooth and nail" at every step in the process…Harrison [the lawyer representing HudBay] said the company decided that allowing the cases to proceed to trial was the best course of action."HudBay is confident it will succeed on the merits," Harrison said in an email. Wanless [who represents the plaintiffs,] said that this case potentially has far reaching implications for Canadian firms…

Part of the following timelines

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re rape & sexual assault in Guatemala, filed in Canada)

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re killing of community leader, Guatemala, filed in Canada)

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re shooting at Fenix mine, Guatemala, filed in Canada)