[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit by Papua New Guinea [BBC backgrounder] citizens against mining company Rio Tinto [corporate website] on claims of genocide and war crimes. Allowing the suit under the Alien Tort Statute [text], the court ruled that it may proceed due to the Australian mining company’s substantial operations in the US. Rejecting several attempts by the company to block the suit, it also ruled…

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