London judges reverse course to reopen $7 bln Brazil dam lawsuit against BHP

London’s Court of Appeal made a U-turn last week by agreeing to reopen a $7 billion lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP, reviving a case over a dam rupture behind Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. PGMBM, who is bringing the claim with the backing of third party funding on behalf of 200,000 claimants, revived the case in April by applying for an oral Court of Appeal hearing – reserved only for exceptional cases – and arguing that the appeal judge had not properly grappled with arguments about why the case should proceed. More from Reuters.

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Judge hits pause in Intel patent case, says VLSI must detail investors

Delaware federal judge Colm Connolly put VLSI Technology’s patent case against Intel on hold last week, citing a failure to provide sufficient information about the company’s investors in accordance with the standing order he issued in April. Connolly said that VLSI’s disclosures gave vague information and improperly redacted details about several entities with a stake in the company.

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SPS Capital acquired by Vinci Partners

SPS Capital, a prominent Brazilian special situations fund with R$2.0 billion (USD $380 million) in assets under management, has been acquired by Vinci Partners, another leading alternative investment platform in Brazil. SPS Capital, together with PGMBM, is funding the high-profile claim against mining giant BHP in relation to the Fundão dam collapse.

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PGMBM launches guitar price fixing claim

PGMBM has launched an opt-out group claim in the UK against famed guitar maker Fender for alleged price fixing. From 2013 to 2018, Fender required its guitars to be sold at or above a minimum price and was fined £4.5 million by the Competition and Markets Authority for breaching UK and European competition law.  PGMBM will be entering into a a funding agreement to cover the costs of the proceedings, and the proposed class representative also plans to acquire after-the-event (ATE) insurance to cover any of Fender’s costs in the event that this claim is unsuccessful.

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