Lungowe and others v Vedanta Resources plc and another

Practice – Stay of proceedings. The Technology and Construction Court dismissed applications by the defendant companies to strike out proceedings against them relating to alleged personal injury, environmental damage and loss of earnings caused by a Zambian mine owned and operated by the second defendant, which in turn was part of a group of companies in the first defendant holding company. The court held that, among other things, the English court had jurisdiction to try the claims against both of the defendants, and that there was no basis on which the proceedings should be stayed.

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