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New Samarco legal blow for BHP, Vale

BHP Billiton and Vale face a major setback after a deal to cap their liabilities for the Samarco dam disaster at about US$2 billion was overturned by a Brazilian court.

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Devastation after Samarco tailings dam burst

The immediate effect of the decision, according to BHP, was the reinstatement of a $6.2 billion civil claim made by public authorities against Vale and BHP earlier in the year.

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