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30 Jul 2010

EarthRights International

[PDF] Missing the Point: A response to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report “Think Globally, Sue Locally”

EarthRights International (ERI) has reviewed the June 2010 report “Think Globally, Sue Locally,” by Jonathan Drimmer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform...“Think Globally” is riddled with errors that betray the bias of the Chamber and undermine the report’s conclusions...The basic observation underlying “Thinking Globally” is sound: companies that are sued for serious human rights and environmental abuses will often face public education and advocacy campaigns in addition to the litigation. This should not be surprising; what is objectionable, rather, is Mr. Drimmer’s insinuation that campaigns are somehow manipulated or controlled by litigators to compel companies to settle weak cases case for their own financial gain. The report is so riddled with errors of fact and logic that the conclusions that it draws from this observation are anything but sound.

Part of the following timelines

Report commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce on lawsuits against US firms for alleged abuses overseas - accuses lawyers, plaintiffs, advocates of unethical tactics

Talisman lawsuit (re Sudan)

U.S. apparel cos. lawsuit (re Saipan)