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12 Nov 2014

US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Mujica v. AirScan and Occidental Petroleum - Opinion

We hold that Plaintiffs lack a valid claim under either the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) or the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). We affirm the district court’s judgment of dismissal with respect to Plaintiffs’ state-law claims, but we do so on the ground of international comity. Although the district court rejected dismissal on that ground, we conclude that the district court abused its discretion by applying the incorrect legal standard in its comity analysis, specifically by concluding erroneously that a “true conflict” between domestic and foreign law is required for the application of international comity in all circumstances.

Part of the following timelines

US court dismisses Alien Tort case against Occidental & AirScan over alleged complicity in Colombian bombing

Occidental lawsuit (re Colombia)