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1 July 2014

US appeals court rules lawsuit against CACI over alleged torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib can be heard in USA

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30 June 2014

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims May Sue U.S. Corporation, Appeals Court Rules

Author: Center for Constitutional Rights

Today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that victims of torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib prison could pursue legal claims for their abuse against private military contractors. The appeals court ruling overturned a lower court decision that had...

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Article
24 April 2014

Chiquita asks court to toss terror payments case [USA]

Author: AP, Washington Post

Chiquita…asked a…court…to dismiss lawsuits filed against [it] by relatives of…Colombians killed in a bloody civil war, contending the cases do not belong in a U.S. court…[The] attorney for…Chiquita [said]…that any legal action by the relatives should...

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19 April 2014

Kiobel Anniversary Surprise: Judge Scheindlin Rules Corporations May Be Held Liable Under ATS, Despite Second Circuit Precedents [USA]

Author: John Bellinger, Lawfare (USA)

…Judge Scheindlin held, in the long-running Apartheid litigation, that corporations may be sued under the Alien Tort Statute. Her decision directly conflicts…with the Second Circuit’s…decision in Kiobel (holding that corporations are not subject to...

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Article
17 April 2014

Can Your Company Be Sued For a Terrorist Attack?

Author: Brooks M. Hanner, Corporate Counsel (USA)

…[C]ompanies that were indirectly or unwittingly connected to terrorism faced lawsuits after an attack…[R]ecent case law and statutory developments have strengthened the legal protections available to an innocent business involved in a terrorist...

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Article
8 April 2014

Documents reveal extent of Shell and Rio Tinto lobbying in human rights case [UK]

Author: Owen Bowcott, Guardian (UK)

The extent of lobbying conducted by Shell and Rio Tinto in seeking legal support from the UK government to dismiss allegations of human rights abuses has been revealed…The documents relate to two…court cases against the firms at the US supreme court...

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6 April 2014

Documents reveal extent of Shell and Rio Tinto lobbying in human rights case [UK]

Author: Owen Bowcott, Guardian (UK)

The extent of lobbying conducted by Shell and Rio Tinto in seeking legal support from the UK government to dismiss allegations of human rights abuses has been revealed…The documents relate to two…court cases against the firms at the US supreme court...

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Lawsuit
18 February 2014

Chevron lawsuit (re Nigeria)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In 1999, a group of Nigerians of the Niger Delta region, where Chevron engages in oil production activities, brought a lawsuit against Chevron in US federal court.  The plaintiffs allege that they suffered human rights violations, including torture...

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Lawsuit
18 February 2014

China Construction Bank lawsuit

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In October 2009 Liu Bo Shan filed a lawsuit in US Federal court in New York against his former employer, China Construction Bank Corporation.  He claimed that the bank was responsible for torture, beatings, sexual abuse and prolonged arbitrary...

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Lawsuit
18 February 2014

Coca-Cola lawsuit (re Colombia)

Author: François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights [Harvard School of Public Health]

The United Steelworkers Union and the International Labor Rights Fund sued the Coca-Cola Company and two of its Latin American bottlers – Bebidas y Alimentos and Panamerican Beverages, Inc. (Panamco) – in July 2001 in US federal court.  The lawsuit...

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