Vendanta faces English law

Zambian villagers can sue mining company Vedanta Resources over alleged pollution in the UK, the Supreme Court has ruled.

In a landmark judgement the door has been opened for other communities in
developing countries to seek compensation from multinationals in the UK courts.

Vedanta Resources is a global diversified metals and mining company, and is headquartered in the UK. Vedanta had attempted to argue that the occurrence, with claims dating back to 2015, was in Zambia, and that the case therefore should be heard there. However in its decision the Supreme Court stated that it believed there was no guarantee of justice and held that proceedings could be brought in the UK.

This particular case relates to the Nchanga Copper mine, owned by Vedanta subsidiary KCM.

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