Exhaustion Not Required In Part Of Rio Tinto Case

Law360, New York (August 7, 2009, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The plaintiffs in a massive human rights class action against mining giant Rio Tinto PLC will not have to exhaust remedies in their home country of Papua New Guinea before pursuing certain claims in the U.S., a federal judge has ruled.

Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California decided not to impose an exhaustion requirement for claims related to racial discrimination, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The suit seeks to represent Bougainville Island residents who allegedly were...
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