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London court hears Vedanta's plea against Zambia villagers' pollution claim

Earlier this year HC ruled Royal Dutch Shell could not be sued in London over oil spills in Nigeria

Reuters  |  London 

London's Court of Appeal began hearing legal arguments on Wednesday into whether Zambian villagers have the right to make a claim for damages for environmental pollution in the English courts against miners Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The companies are appealing 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. "Zambia is overwhelmingly the proper place for this mass tort claim," Charles Gibson Q.C., representing Vedanta, ...

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First Published: Wed, July 05 2017. 23:54 IST