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28 Jun 2013

Author:
Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Rio Tinto wins end to human rights abuse lawsuit in U.S

Benefiting from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Rio Tinto Plc has won the dismissal of a nearly 13-year-old U.S. lawsuit accusing the Anglo-Australian mining company of complicity in human rights abuses on the South Pacific island of Bougainville. Friday's ruling by…the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ends litigation begun in 2000. Roughly 10,000 current and former Bougainville residents had sought to hold Rio Tinto responsible for human rights violations and thousands of deaths linked to polluting a copper and gold mine it once ran. The ruling follows the Supreme Court's April 17 decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, where the justices limited the sweep of a 1789 U.S. law that lawyers had used for roughly three decades to fight human rights abuses worldwide.