RSIBC Bill: Enforcing human rights and environmental law through civil (class) actions in the Netherlands

Authors: Cécile Rouméas, Senior Associate, and Guido Bongers, Associate On 2 November 2022, Dutch members of parliament submitted an updated version of the Bill for Responsible and Sustainable International Business Conduct (in Dutch: de Wet verantwoord en duurzaam internationaal ondernemen) to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (the RSIBC Bill; an unofficial English translation […]

Rights of Nature: what are they, where do they come from, and why are they important?

Author: Matthew Hunt, Senior Associate Pogust Goodhead has a direct interest in Rights of Nature because of its experience in representing indigenous communities and people, its interest in developing the boundaries of the law, and its commitment to using litigation to address the climate crisis. Pogust Goodhead is also exploring how to introduce Rights of Nature […]

Charity Commission investigating Mermaids, a Trans youth charity over safeguarding concerns


Following receipt of a number of allegations against the Trans youth charity Mermaids, the Charity Commission has now confirmed that it has opened a case into the charity’s actions. The Commission confirmed that “concerns have been raised with us about Mermaids’ approach to safeguarding young people. We have opened a regulatory compliance case and have […]

The progress of the Injectafer claim in the US


Pogusy Goodhead continues to fight for individuals who have been injured by the iron deficiency anemia drug, Injectafer. Injectafer was brought to the US market in 2013 and remains on the market today. Injectafer is generally used in adult patients who have an intolerance or unsatisfactory response to oral iron supplements.  A healthcare professional injects […]

EPA Takes Major Steps to Protect the Public from Toxic PFOS and PFOA in U.S. Drinking Water

polluted water

Author: Daniel J. Harrison, Esq. On October 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its PFAS Strategic Roadmap announcing plans to address the urgent public health and environmental crises stemming from the widespread use of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across the United States. PFAS are a group of dangerous man-made chemicals that have […]

A comment for the legal community on the BHP appeal decision

Mariana BHP

Once labelled “the largest white elephant in the history of group actions”, the Court of Appeal in Municipio de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc and BHP Group Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 95 (Judgment) affirmed the jurisdiction of the English courts to hear the claims of some 202,600 claimants in Brazil in respect of […]

The burden of proof in environmental cases under Brazilian law

Author: Filipe Carvalho, Associate It is a rule in Brazilian law that generally whoever alleges must prove the allegation. Pursuant to article 373 of the Brazilian Civil Procedure Code[1], the burden of proof rests on the claimant, to prove the constitutive facts of their case (item I) and on the defendant, to prove facts impairing, […]

Big Oil’s ‘Black Wednesday’ One Year On

Author: Emma O’Brien, Associate ‘Black Wednesday for big oil’, as the media1 dubbed it on 26 May 2021, was the day when some of the biggest players in the industry – ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell – suffered a “stunning series of defeats” which appeared to mark a turning point in attitudes towards the fossil fuel […]