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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Alien Tort Case Development: Plaintiffs in Exxon Mobil Case Survive “Touch and Concern” Review

Author: Sarah Altschuller, CSR and the Law by Foley Hoag, Published on: 31 July 2015

Earlier this month, the District Court for the District of Columbia denied Exxon Mobil’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims in Doe I v. Exxon Mobil, a case brought pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Plaintiffs allege that Exxon Mobil should be held liable for aiding and abetting human rights abuses committed by members of the Indonesian military. The abuses were allegedly committed while the military was providing security for the company’s operations in the Aceh Province of Indonesia in 2000 and 2001...Noting that the “primary inquiry in deciding whether the presumption against extraterritoriality is displaced is the location of the conduct at issue,” the Court found that plaintiffs had made “numerous and detailed allegations” that Exxon Mobil executives based in the United States had made decisions regarding the deployment of military security personnel in Indonesia.

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