High Court Grants Rio Tinto Win In Human Rights Battle

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday quashed a massive human rights class action brought by residents of Papua New Guinea against mining giant Rio Tinto PLC over alleged exposure to toxins, citing its recent decision limiting plaintiffs' ability to bring claims against companies for foreign activities.

Reversing and remanding a Ninth Circuit ruling that kept alive a suit accusing Rio Tinto of exposing Bougainville Island natives to toxins from mining operations, the nation's high court issued a in a three-sentence order pointing to last week's unanimous...
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