Nevsun: B.C. court decision 'addresses only preliminary legal challenges'
Nevsun Resources advises that the British Columbia Supreme Court has refused to permit a claim against Nevsun to proceed as a common law class action. The court did permit the lawsuit by the three named plaintiffs to continue. "Today's court decision addresses only preliminary legal challenges to the action raised by Nevsun," the company said in a statement. "The judgment makes no findings with respect to the plaintiffs' allegations, including whether any of them were in fact at the Bisha Mine. The judge also emphasized that the case raises novel and complex legal questions, including on international law, which have never before been considered in Canada." Nevsun is studying the court's decision and considering an appeal of the decision that the action can proceed at all. The company said it remains confident that its indirect 60%-owned Eritrean subsidiary, Bisha Mining Share Company, operates the Bisha Mine according to international standards of governance, workplace conditions, health, safety and human rights.