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27 Jul 2009

Jordan Weissmann, Blog of Legal Times

Exxon Asks Judge to Dismiss Suit by Indonesian Villagers

Defense lawyers for Exxon Mobil urged a federal judge today to dismiss a longstanding suit by Indonesian villagers who have accused the company of abetting human rights abuses in their country…[D]efense counsel Alex Oh argued that continuing the case would interfere with U.S. foreign policy goals in a politically fragile region. Investigating claims that soldiers hired by Exxon shot, abducted and raped civilians could upend a delicate peace process in Indonesia, which is recovering from a civil war, she said…Lawyers for the villagers…argu[ed] they can keep their investigations “very narrow” by tailoring them to Exxon’s involvement with the soldiers.

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Exxon Asks Judge to Dismiss Suit by Indonesian Villagers

ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh)