California Lawyer


February 2012

The complaint in this case seeks damages and an injunction against Rio Tinto, a British Australian corporation, for wrongs against people in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. [W]e on the Ninth Circuit now exercise jurisdiction over all the earth, on whatever matters we decide are so important that all civilized people should agree with us.

Ninth Circuit Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld dissents in Sarei v. Rio Tinto (2011 WL 5041927 (9th Cir.)), which held that a U.S. court had authority to adjudicate a genocide claim brought under the Alien Tort Statute by Papua New Guinea inhabitants against a foreign mining corporation that used military force to quell a local uprising.

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