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BHP Faces Biggest U.K. Class Action Over Brazil Dam Collapse

  • Case could be the U.K’s biggest class action if approved
  • BHP Group says proceedings should be heard in Brazil

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More than 200,000 Brazilians are asking British judges for the right to sue BHP Group, the world’s biggest mining company, in U.K. courts over the deadly collapse of a dam five years ago.

Residents, businesses and local governments say BHP bears ultimate responsibility for the collapse of the Fundão Dam, which killed 19 people and caused lasting environmental damage. The facility was run by a company jointly owned by a BHP unit and Vale SA.