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20 Jun 2023

Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Update – Issue 45, June 2023: Vexatious lawsuits: Corporate use of SLAPPs to silence critics

This Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Update looks at the most significant developments in corporate legal accountability for human rights abuses in the last quarter and includes:

  • A Highlight examining how powerful business actors abuse legal systems worldwide to intimidate and silence human rights defenders who speak out against corporate harms, based on our updated global analysis on the use of SLAPPs available here.
  • New lawsuit profiles, including the Albemarle, Antofagasta, Barrick Gold and BHP lawsuit (re environmental damage of copper and lithium extraction, filed in Chile), the Lithium Nevada lawsuit (re approval of lithium mine for electric vehicle batteries in the USA) and the TÜV SÜD & Vale criminal lawsuit (re Brumadinho dam collapse, filed in Brazil).
  • Updates to lawsuit profiles, on the BHP lawsuit (re dam collapse in Brazil, filed in the UK) and the ExxonMobil lawsuit (re allegations of human rights abuses by security forces in Aceh).
  • And more legal updates and key resources on corporate legal accountability.

Click here to view this Update:

See our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal for more resources.