Brazil dam disaster: BHP Billiton faces lawsuit in Australia

Mining giant BHP Billiton says it will defend itself against a class action lawsuit in Australia over Brazil's 2015 dam disaster. More than 3,000 investors have signed up to the lawsuit, and which alleges that BHP failed to disclose the risk of the dam's failure to the stock market, and misled investors over the company's safety guarantees.
Vedanta, and the Thoothukudi massacre

Vedanta, and the Thoothukudi massacre

Dear friends, Just after we sent out the last newsletter, a terrible massacre occurred at Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in India. Police shot down unarmed protesters against a copper smelter owned by Sterlite, a subsidiary of notorious London-listed company Vedanta. There...
Renewable energy, and class actions

Renewable energy, and class actions

Dear friends, Lawyers have been busy recently. BHP is facing a class action suit by shareholders over the Samarco tailings dam disaster in 2015. Zenú Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Cordoba, Colombia, have won a legal case against London-listed BHP...

IndustriALL and BWI file OECD complaint against BHP Billiton and Vale

The complaint is related to the consequences of the collapse of the Fundão Dam near Mariana in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on 5 November 2015. The dam, which stored millions of litres of waste from the Germano iron-ore mine, is operated by Samarco Mineração S.A., a joint venture between mining companies BHP Billiton and Vale S. A..
When an April shower turns into a perfect storm

When an April shower turns into a perfect storm

Dear friends, We’ve been busy again! Last month, we helped host a delegation from South Africa for the AGM of Lonmin plc, the company associated with the Marikana massacre in August 2012. Thumeka Magwangqana from Marikana women’s organisation Sikhala...
Media coverage of the BHP Billiton AGM

Media coverage of the BHP Billiton AGM

The issues raised around the BHP AGM by Angelica Ortiz and Luisa Rodriguez from Colombia were well covered by BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight, RTTV’s Going Underground, The Ecologist, Counterpunch (reposted from The Ecologist) and Independent Catholic...