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"Lawsuits target oil company operations overseas"



AP rounds up the bunch of Alien Tort actions in the headlines, including Shell/Nigeria, Chevron/Ecuador, Chevron/Nigeria (resolved recently with a defense verdict), and an ExxonMobil/Indonesia case pending in Washington state court (after a federal-court claim was dismissed). Although the Shell/Nigeria headlines raise charges of political repression, the settlement objectives are apparently a bit more, well, tangible in nature: "Steve Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International and a former adviser for Wiwa, said the plaintiffs are hoping to force Shell to repay residents of Nigeria for decades of pollution related to oil drilling." No cases have won verdicts, but settlements are a possibility, and organizers keep bringing new actions: "Another, against an Alabama-based coal company that operates in Colombia, was filed Thursday." More: ShopFloor.

More background on the Alien Tort statute, and some of the above cases, at our International Human Rights Law category.

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Isaac Gorodetski
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Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
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Manhattan Institute
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