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BHP gets $50 million settlement in New York in relation to Samarco dam disaster

Staff Writer | August 10, 2018
BHP has reached an agreement to settle the class action complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of American Depositary Receipts of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc between 25 September 2014 and 30 November 20151 in relation to the Samarco dam failure on 5 November 2015.
Samarco dam disaster
Disaster   BHP has agreed to pay with no admission of liability
Under the terms of the agreement, BHP has agreed to pay the plaintiffs $50 million, with no admission of liability. The agreement is subject to approval by the District Court.

On 25 June 2018, BHP announced that various parties had entered into a Governance Agreement which settles the BRL20 billion Civil Claim, enhances community participation in decisions related to the remediation and compensation programs under the Framework Agreement (Programs), and establishes a process to renegotiate those Programs over two years and to progress settlement of the BRL155 billion Civil Claim.

On 8 August 2018, the 12th Federal Court of Minas Gerais formally ratified the Governance Agreement.