US court allows lawsuit to proceed against ExxonMobil over alleged complicity in human rights abuses in Aceh, Indonesia

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25 September 2014

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Cases to Proceed in Federal Court

Author: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

In a significant victory for families of Indonesian citizens who were killed or abused by security personnel hired by ExxonMobil Corporation, a federal court has ruled that two closely related lawsuits against ExxonMobil for human rights violations can proceed…The Plaintiffs in the cases, which were filed in the U.S. District Court District of Columbia, allege that Indonesian soldiers hired by ExxonMobil to provide security at the corporation’s natural gas facility physically abused and killed family members who lived or worked in villages within the sprawling operations in rural Aceh, Indonesia. “This is a huge victory for the plaintiffs,” said Plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel Agnieszka Fryszman, a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. “We are especially pleased that the Court agreed with us that the Plaintiffs had sufficiently tied Exxon’s conduct to the injuries and abuses that were inflicted on these villagers. We look forward to seeing justice done…”…

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25 September 2014

In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for villagers

Author: Associated Press

A federal judge has left a small legal opening for some Indonesian villagers to pursue a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for human rights abuses allegedly committed by Indonesian troops guarding an Exxon natural gas field…On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that lawyers for the villagers should be given the opportunity to amend their lawsuit in light of the Supreme Court's decision. Lamberth said he "must determine what U.S.-based conduct is alleged." Lawyers for the villagers say that Exxon provided money for weapons, supplies and equipment for security at the company's Indonesian gas field in the province of Aceh. Lamberth said, however, that the villagers' lawyers have not said where this support was planned or if any of the support came from the United States…Exxon spokesman…said: "We have fought these baseless claims for many years,"…"The plaintiffs' claims are without merit…”

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