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8 Aug 2011

O'Melveney & Meyers LLP & Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP [counsel for Exxon Mobil]

[PDF] John Doe VIII, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al. - Petition for Rehearing En Banc

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The complaints in these consolidated cases allege that Indonesian plaintiffs were injured by Indonesian soldiers on Indonesian soil during an Indonesian civil war. But Plaintiffs did not sue Indonesia or its military; nor do they look to the Indonesian courts for relief. Instead, Plaintiffs sued Exxon in a U.S. court under, inter alia, the [Alien Tort Statute, “ATS”]…The panel’s decision warrants en banc review not only because its incorrect expansion of ATS liability threatens to unleash a flood of litigation in U.S. courts for actions lacking any salient connection to the United States, but also because it is in direct and acknowledged conflict with decisions of the Second Circuit, which recognize that there is no corporate liability under the ATS…