Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta in English courts

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 Zambians can sue Vedanta Resources in the English courts over alleged pollution of their village after an appeal court on Friday threw out the miners attempt to block their legal action.

The judgment by Londons Court of Appeal could pave the way for other London-listed multinationals to be held liable in the English courts for the actions of their subsidiaries abroad.

Vedanta said in a statement it would seek the right to appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest in the English legal system. It also said Fridays decision was on jurisdiction and was not a ruling or a determination on the merits of the claims.

Three senior High Court judges dismissed an appeal by Vedanta and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)against a ruling in May last year when a High Court judge decided the claim could proceed in the English courts on behalf of 1,826 Zambian villagers.


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