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Alien Tort Claims: 9th Circuit skeptical on Papua New Guinea/Rio Tinto case

Courthouse News: "A divided 9th Circuit ruled that U.S. courts might not be the right venue for Papua New Guinea residents to litigate their claims that British mining company Rio Tinto incited a savage 10-year civil war. A plurality of judges remanded the case to determine whether 'prudential exhaustion analysis' applies and, if so, whether the plaintiffs must exhaust their remedies in Papua New Guinea before proceeding in U.S. courts." (via Above the Law). Bloomberg also reports, the opinions are here, and Howard Bashman has more about the court's unusually complicated five-way (!) split. Our extensive coverage of Alien Tort Statute litigation can be found here.

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