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21 Okt 2005

Houston Chronicle

Villagers' suit will be in a state court [USA]

A federal judge said Indonesian villagers can sue Exxon Mobil Corp. over allegations the Irving-based company contributed to human-rights abuses by government security forces. Judge Louis Oberdorfer in Washington ruled the suit by 11 villagers can proceed on state law claims against Exxon Mobil. He dismissed the villagers' claims under the federal Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act...The plaintiffs now must decide which state has the most applicable tort laws for the purposes of the suit, he said.