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BHP Billiton settles US investors' lawsuit over Samarco dam disaster for $67 mln. without admitting liability

"BHP settles US class action over Samarco dam failure for $67 million", 9 Aug 2018

Mining giant BHP has agreed to settle a US class action claim relating to the Samarco dam failure of 2015, which triggered Brazil's worst environmental disaster, and agreed to pay the plaintiffs $US50 million ($67.3 million).  The agreement comes with no admission of liability.  It remains subject to approval by a US court.  Melbourne-based lawyers acting for BHP investors in an Australian class action against the miner over the dam failure are watching the US legal developments with interest...The Australian class action alleges BHP...engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct...But BHP signalled...that it would fight the Australian class action vigorously...