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29 October 2012

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin - Issue 7

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Full text of October 2012 issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. Refers to lawsuits against adidas, Amesys (part of Bull), Anadarko, Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American), Areva, Blackwater, BP, CACI, Cameron International, Chevron, Copper Mesa Mining, Curacao Drydock, DynCorp, Esmor Correctional Services (part of Correctional Services Corporation), Ford, Global Horizons, Halliburton, L-3, PA Child Care, Paladin, Shell, SNCF, Texaco (part of Chevron), Transocean.]

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29 October 2012

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin - Issue 7

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Full text of October 2012 issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. Refers to lawsuits against adidas, Amesys (part of Bull), Anadarko, Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American), Areva, Blackwater, BP, CACI, Cameron International, Chevron, Copper Mesa Mining, Curacao Drydock, DynCorp, Esmor Correctional Services (part of Correctional Services Corporation), Ford, Global Horizons, Halliburton, L-3, PA Child Care, Paladin, Shell, SNCF, Texaco (part of Chevron), Transocean.]

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22 June 2011

Bringing Canadian mining to justice

Author: Karyn Keenan, program officer at Halifax Initiative Coalition, in Pambazuka

Canadian mining companies seem to enjoy impunity virtually everywhere that they operate overseas...Canada has abdicated its governance responsibility regarding the overseas activities of the mining sector, refusing to regulate either the companies or the government agencies that support them, or to take legislative action to ensure that non-nationals...are able to seek redress in Canada...The issue of access to remedy for the victims of corporate abuse requires urgent attention. An obvious priority is to strengthen judicial institutions in the countries where abuse takes place. However, it’s also critical that the judiciary in multinationals’ ‘home’ countries, such as Canada, hear cases involving...their companies in foreign countries, especially when the victims lack other viable options. [Refers to Cambior lawsuit re Guyana, Anvil Mining lawsuit re Dem. Rep. of Congo, Copper Mesa lawsuit re Ecuador, HudBay Minerals lawsuits re Guatemala. Also refers to Barrick Gold, TSX (part of TMX Group).]

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30 April 2011

Ecuadorians Lose Appeal in Lawsuit Against Canadian Mining Company and TSX: Canadian law continues to fail communities harmed by Canadian mining overseas

Author: Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors, Canada

On March 11, 2011, the Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed an appeal by Ecuadorian campesinos who say they were assaulted by security forces hired on behalf of a Canadian mining company in their native Ecuador...Marcia Ramírez, Polivio Peréz and Israel Peréz had sued Canadian mining company Copper Mesa Mining Corporation and two of its directors as well as the Toronto Stock Exchange, which the Ecuadorians say listed the mining company on its stock exchange after having been warned that money from the listing would lead to violence...In the ruling, the Court recognized that “[t]he threats and assaults alleged by the plaintiffs are serious wrongs. Nothing in these reasons should be taken as undermining the plaintiffs’ rights to seek appropriate redress for those wrongs”, but nonetheless ruled against the Ecuadorians...The Plaintiffs are considering a possible appeal.

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23 November 2010

Ramirez vs Copper Mesa and the TSX [Canada]

Author: Toronto Media Co-op

Court of Appeal hearing in the case of Ramirez versus Copper Mesa and the Toronto Stock Exchange. The plaintiffs, represented by the Klippensteins legal firm, are three Ecuadorans who were assaulted and threatened because of their opposition to an open-pit copper mine in Ecuador's Intag valley. The defendants are Canadian mining company Copper Mesa, two of the company's directors, and the Toronto Stock Exchange. The key question that the Court of Appeal will consider is whether it is possible that the defendants have a legal duty to consider the consequences that their decisions can have on people like Marcia, Israel and Polivio.

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7 May 2010

[PDF] Canadian Court Strikes Out Ecuadorian Lawsuit Against Canadian Mining Company and TSX

Author: Klippensteins

An Ontario court today struck out a lawsuit brought in Ontario by three Ecuadorian campesinos against a Canadian mining company…whose security forces they say assaulted them in Ecuador...The Court also dismissed their lawsuit against the TSX…Murray Klippenstein, legal counsel for the Ecuadorians, said he is instructed to appeal the decision…The Court…said that “…there is no connection between the Plaintiffs and the TSX Defendants … [so as to] impose an obligation…” As to the Company and its directors, the court said “…“silence” from the Directors cannot establish the requisite personal nexus between the acts and omissions of the Directors and what allegedly occurred in Ecuador to the Plaintiffs…” [refers to Copper Mesa Mining]

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25 March 2010

Ecuadorans in court over Canadian mine

Author: CBC News

Three Ecuadoran villagers were in a Toronto court Thursday, trying to preserve their lawsuit against a…mining company. Villagers filed a $1 billion human rights lawsuit last year against Copper Mesa Mining Corp., two of its directors and the Toronto Stock Exchange. They accuse the company of hiring armed security forces that have intimidated, threatened and assaulted villagers…The lawsuit claims getting a listing on the TSX allowed the company to raise…money used, in part, to hire security…The TSX and the company say the suit should be dismissed now before it gets to trial. The company has said its business practices are ethical and responsible.

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22 November 2009

Canadian mining firms face abuse allegations

Author: Brett Popplewell, The Star [Canada]

Canadian mining companies are facing allegations of abuse and assault on local citizens in dozens of developing nations…In Ottawa…a House of Commons committee…will continue debating a Liberal private member's bill designed to put controls on mining companies overseas…From Ecuador comes a lawsuit…alleging that in 2006 a Canadian company's armed security forces attacked unarmed locals …In El Salvador, allegations of violent attacks against anti-mining activists. In Mexico, allegations of human rights and environmental abuse that led a Mexican court to close a Canadian-owned mine…."The biggest challenge out there is a lack of governance capacity in developing countries," says Gordon Peeling, CEO of the Mining Association of Canada…Mining companies are big business in Canada and, with about 200 active lobbyists, a powerful voice. [includes comments by Copper Mesa Mining, Anvil Mining, TSX - also refers to TVI Pacific, Barrick Gold]

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11 June 2009

A Win for Wiwa, a Win for Shell, a Win for Corporate Human Rights

Author: Michael Goldhaber, American Lawyer

Late Monday, on the eve of trial in New York, the parties settled in Wiwa v. Shell. For those with longer memories, it was reminiscent of March 2005, when another case hyped as the great breakthrough for corporate human rights, Doe v. Unocal, settled before trial on the merits…Absent a cathartic trial, can a winner be declared?...While the facts in dispute will never be settled, Wiwa has left its mark on law and legal culture -- and in this respect the movement for business human rights is the big winner. [also refers to Chevron, Curacao Drydock, Esmor Correctional Services, Drummond, Gap, Yahoo!]

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Author: Oro Sucio

Copper Mesa Mining Corporation, financiada principalmente en la Bolsa de Valores de Toronto [TSX, parte de TMX Group], y asociada con...Rio Tinto, afirma que se debe excavar una enorme mina a cielo abierto en las montañas del bosque nublado a fin de extraer el cobre. Marcia, Israel y Polibio alegan en su demanda que la TSX tenía un deber legal...de dejar de proveer ayuda financiera a una compañía...donde existía un riesgo previsible de que los fondos recaudados...serían utilizados para perjudicar a personas en Ecuador...[L]a mayoría de los campesinos y líderes políticos ecuatorianos de la zona creen que la enorme mina...traerá mucho más destrucción social, ecológica y económica de lo que jamás se podría justificar. Los miembros y líderes de la comunidad local han protestado en repetidas ocasiones...Afirman que los pasos que ha emprendido la compañía hasta ahora para iniciar las actividades...han provocado violentos conflictos en la comunidad. Asimismo aseveran que los agentes de la compañía han recurrido a agresiones físicas, amenazas de muerte y numerosas violaciones de los derechos humanos.

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