According to the miners, attorneys Remberto Valdes and Fernando Garcia, who represented the men, cheated them out of money, including royalties for the Hollywood film "The 33," which is based on the miners’ time trapped 2,300 feet underground for two months.
They allege that they were deceived and "pressured into signing contracts ceding their rights."
For instance, the miners believed that they would be in control of the companies created to manage their business opportunities. However, they weren't, forcing them to lose out on the income, too.
"We have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain, because this is payback time," said the nine miners, Juan Carlos Aguilar, Jorge Galleguillos, Víctor Zamora, Richard Villarroel, Osman Araya, Mario Gomez, Claudio Acuña, Ariel Ticona and Luis Urzua, who signed the lawsuit.
"The 33" comes out in theaters on Nov. 13.