Ramírez v. Copper Mesa & TSX

Plaintiff Defendants

Stopping International Human Rights Abuse Committed by Canada’s Mining Industry


Montreal Gazette, Canadian Mining Companies Behaving Badly, February 5, 2010
Three Ecuadoreans have taken their case to an Ontario court alleging that their opposition to Vancouver-based Copper Mesa Mining Corp.'s planned copper mine resulted in their being threatened and assaulted.

CBC The Current, Conflict and Canadian mining companies, December 5, 2009
Anna Maria Tremonti interviews Murray Klippenstein, a Toronto Lawyer who represents three villagers from the valley of Intag in Ecuador, who are suing Copper Mesa Mining Corporation and the Toronto Stock Exchange

This Magazine, The Ecuadorian village that’s taking the Toronto Stock Exchange to court, November 23, 2009
Marcia Ramírez is in for the fight of her life: suing the Toronto Stock Exchange for listing a company that it knew might cause her harm.

Toronto Star, Copper Mesa sued for alleged assault, November 22, 2009
Three Ecuadoreans are now suing Copper Mesa in Ontario court, alleging they were threatened and assaulted for their opposition to the mine.
Polivio and Israel Perez, along with Marcia Ramirez, filed their lawsuit against Copper Mesa and the TSX in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice earlier this year. In it they demand social and environmental accountability from the company and the TSX for the alleged assaults.

Toronto Star, Canadian mining firms face abuse allegations, November 22, 2009
Canadian mining companies are facing allegations of abuse and assault on local citizens in dozens of developing nations. 

The allegations are severe: From Ecuador comes a lawsuit, filed in Ontario, alleging that in 2006 a Canadian company's armed security forces attacked unarmed locals with pepper spray first, then fired guns to dampen protest near a proposed mining site.

Lawyers’ Weekly, Lawyers take aim at mining companies, April 3, 2009
Two Ontario lawyers are spearheading a novel bill and lawsuit that would make domestic companies answerable in Canada for alleged violations of human rights abroad.

Last month, Murray Klippenstein of Toronto’s Klippensteins filed a $1-billion-plus statement of claim in Ontario Superior Court against Vancouver-based Copper Mesa Mining Corp. (formerly known as Ascendant Copper Corp.) in connection with alleged violent attacks by the company’s security forces on villagers protesting a proposed massive copper mine in the Andes of northwestern Ecuador.

The Tyee, Canadian Mining Firm Financed Violence in Ecuador: Lawsuit, March 3, 2009
Financing being raised in Canada is travelling across borders to do harm," said lawyer Murray Klippenstein by phone from his office in Toronto. "We want to find out if our legal system can respond to this.

In-House Counsel Magazine, CSR Abroad, Spring 2009
Will corporations accused of overseas human rights violations be taken to court in Canada?