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BHP awaits court freeze order on Brazil assets over mine disaster

BHP Billiton has not received formal notification that its assets in Brazil have been frozen, a company spokesperson said Monday, three days after a court ruled to hold the assets as compensation for the Samarco mining disaster.

“We have yet to receive any formal notification,” BHP Billiton’s Paul Hutchins said by telephone from the company’s Melbourne headquarters. “We hope to have an update tomorrow.”