Supreme Court Won't Hear Philippines Pollution Case

Law360, New York (October 5, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the jurisdiction of a suit brought against a company absorbed by Barrick Gold Corp. that stands accused of causing a mining disaster that heavily polluted a Philippines island.

The high court on Monday denied certiorari to Placer Dome Inc., dealing the mining company a setback in its efforts to change jurisdictions in the case.

The suit now returns to state court in Nevada, where it was originally filed, before Placer Dome began a five-year-long jurisdictional...
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