Indonesian villagers' Alien Tort lawsuit against ExxonMobil may proceed in US court

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31 July 2015

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

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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21 July 2015

Exxon Human Rights Case Survives — on Claim that Execs Knew All Along

Author: Douglas Gillision, 100 Reporters

In a ruling that may shape how US courts are used for international corporate accountability, a judge in Washington this month allowed a group of Indonesian villagers to persist in their claims of human rights abuses against the Texas oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. The 15-year-old claims may proceed, the judge found, because the villagers from Aceh province have newly alleged that top figures at the oil company — historically one of the most profitable companies in the world — knowingly hired and supported local military forces who tortured, killed and sexually assaulted the villagers, who have all withheld their names out of fear for their safety. The company strongly denied the allegations.

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21 July 2015

Indonesian villagers' Alien Tort lawsuit against ExxonMobil may proceed in US court

Author: Cohen Milstein

"ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court", 7 Jul 2015

In a significant victory for families of Indonesian citizens who were killed or abused by security personnel hired by Exxon Mobil Corporation, a Federal court has ruled the Alien Tort Statute claims against Exxon Mobil for human rights violations can proceed…In an opinion issued on July 6, Judge Royce C. Lamberth, of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, held that the plaintiffs' claims sufficiently "touch and concern" the United States to satisfy the test recently set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum for when suits arising out of injuries inflicted overseas can be heard in U.S. courts.ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

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6 July 2015

[PDF] John Doe I, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al. - Memorandum Opinion

Author: US District Court for the District of Columbia

[Full text of court's opinion regarding defendant ExxonMobil's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' Alien Tort claims.]

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