An Ontario court struck out a lawsuit brought in Ontario by three Ecuadorian campesinos against a Canadian mining company and its directors, whose security forces they say assaulted them in Ecuador for opposing an open pit mine. The Court also dismissed their lawsuit against the Toronto Stock Exchange, which they say listed the mining company on its stock exchange, after having been warned that the money from the listing would lead to violence. This case may be useful in evaluating possible actions against British-based companies.
See http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/cnw/article.jsp?content=20100507_164503_5_cnw_cnw.
For background, see http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=9801 and http://londonminingnetwork.org/2010/01/legal-cases-which-may-act-as-helpful-examples/.
Communities in Ecuador intend to appeal against the Canadian court’s decision.
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=10126.