Tomás Mousinho and his team have won a UK court of appeal judgment to bring a case against BHP.
Current Executive MBA student, Tomás Mousinho, has defended hundreds of thousands of victims of Brazil’s worst environmental disaster, by securing them their day in court.
In July 2022, the UK Court of Appeal allowed a £5 billion lawsuit to be brought against BHP, one of the largest mining companies in the world. This overturned a decision in 2020, that the case should not be heard.
In 2015, the Mariana Dam in Minas Gerais, Brazil collapsed. Nineteen people were killed in the incident and many more were injured, as two villages and around 200 homes were destroyed. Critically, 43.7 million cubic meters of toxic mining waste was released down 400 miles of the Doce River. The dam was owned and operated by the BHP Group. There are more than 200,000 victims of the disaster, and now, thanks to Tomás and his team at PGMBM, they will finally receive their day in court.
Reflecting on the decision, Tomás said:
‘I believe we have set an important precedent that indicates justice can and should be transnational. If there are no borders for economic activity and profit, there should be no borders for justice.
Those who have been negatively affected by such economic activities should be able to choose where they want to litigate, and this precedent is a crucial move towards the globalisation of justice.’