Lawsuits: Selected cases

Our Corporate Legal Accountability "Big Issue" is here.  Below are links to case profiles on human rights lawsuits against companies.  A complete list of lawsuits profiled is available here.

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3 July 2018
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Novo Termo de Ajustamento de Conduta foi firmado para estabelecer mecanismos de participação de pessoas atingidas pelo desastre do Rio Doce, de novembro de 2015. O novo acordo foi firmado por órgãos da União, dos Estados de Minas Gerais e do Espírito ...

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26 June 2018
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25 June 2018

Grupo México lawsuit (re toxic spill in Mexico)

On 6 August 2014, 40.000 m3 of chemicals from the Buenavista del Cobre mine, a subsidiary of Grupo México, spilled into the Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers.  The toxic spill caused water and soil contamination which affected approximately 22,000 people...

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25 June 2018

Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising and human rights violations, France)

Since 2013, the human rights and workers' rights organizations Sherpa, ActionAid France – Peuples Solidaires and Indecosa-CGT have filed various claims against Samsung Electronics and its subsidiaries in different French courts. The organizations asse...

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22 June 2018

Tonkolili Iron Ore lawsuit (re complicity in violence against villagers in Sierra Leone)

On 30 November 2015, the law firm Leigh Day filed a lawsuit in the UK High Court on behalf of 142 villagers against the mining firm Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd and its parent company African Minerals, alleging complicity in police crackdowns in Sierra Leone...

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20 June 2018

Hershey lawsuit (re child labour in Côte d’Ivoire)

In 2015 and 2018, American consumers filed two separate class action lawsuits against The Hershey Company (Hershey’s), in California and Massachusetts U.S. district courts respectively. The claimants allege that the company is violating these states’ ...

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6 June 2018
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30 May 2018

Report: analysis of human rights due diligence in supply chains

Author: Norton Rose Fulbright and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law

Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains: 2018 report and analysis, May 2018....

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30 April 2018

Vietnam: Fourteen-year jail term of activist against Formosa Plastics waste spill upheld on appeal

Author: Radio Free Asia

"Vietnamese Environmental Activist's Sentence Upheld on Appeal", 24 April 2018...

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25 April 2018

BHP Billiton & Vale lawsuit (re dam collapse in Brazil)

On 5 November 2015, two mining dams operated by Samarco Mineração SA, a joint venture of Vale and BHP Billiton, collapsed in Brazil releasing 50 million cubic meters of toxic iron-ore residue.  The residue destroyed the nearby town of Bento Rodrigues ...

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