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In June 2009, proceedings were issued against a UK parent company, Monterrico Metals plc, in the English High Court on behalf of 33 indigenous Peruvians who were allegedly tortured, beaten and sexually abused at Monterrico’s Rio Blanco mine in August 2005 following an environmental protest. 

In June 2009, Leigh Day obtained a  worldwide freezing injunction over Monterrico’s assets to protect the claimants from the risk of Monterrico quitting the UK and disposing of assets overseas. In July 2011, 3 months before the scheduled trial, the proceedings were settled on confidential terms, by a payment of costs and compensation, without admission of liability 

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