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14 Jun 2006

Lillian Manzella, Earth Rights International

Court Denies Unocal's Efforts to Shift Responsibility for Human Rights Abuses [in Burma] to its Insurers

After it agreed to compensate victims of the pipeline in a historic settlement in 2005, Unocal [now part of Chevron] turned around and sued its own insurance companies for refusing to cover the settlement. Now, the court has denied Unocal's first effort to win part of the case, finding "evidence showing that Unocal utilized the [Burmese] military to provide securtiy for the Yadana project and that Unocal was aware that the military had committed human rights abuses," and that Unocal failed to disclose "its security relationship" with the military.

Part of the following timelines

Unocal lawsuit against its insurers over Burma abuses settlement: court denies Unocal's motion for summary judgement

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)