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Plaintiffs Must Exhaust Local Remedies: 9th Circ.

Law360 (December 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Papua New Guinea residents accusing a U.K. mining company of destroying their land and abusing local workers must exhaust legal remedies in their own country before being heard in U.S. court, an appellate court has ruled.

On Tuesday, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a majority of an 11-justice en banc hearing determined that the case against the Rio Tinto mining company necessitated exhaustion under the Alien Tort Statute because of the case's weak connection to the U.S.

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