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BLL in c.$5 billion Brazilian dam collapse case

On Tuesday 7 May 2019, Particulars of Claim were served on BHP in London stemming from Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster – the collapse in 2015 of the Fundão tailings dam at an iron ore mine in Mariana.

The multi-billion pound claim alleges that BHP’s parent companies bear responsibility for the collapse and the ensuing devastation. 

BLL’s Russell Hopkins is a member of the Counsel team instructed by SPG Law. Russell is developing a practice focussed on the liability of corporate actors for serious human rights violations.

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Map used in the Particulars of Claim showing the site of the Dam and trail of tailings waste to the Atlantic ocean

Tuesday’s filing has attracted substantial media attention, including the following:

BHP has indicated that it will be defending the claim.

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