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War crimes lawsuit against Drummond dismissed

After a four-year legal battle, a U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Drummond Co. Inc. commissioned war crimes in Colombia. Northern Alabama District Court Judge David Proctor issued an opinion July 25 that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. et. al., effectively removed the case from the court's jurisdiction…In other words, Birmingham-based Drummond's "mere corporate presence" in the U.S. isn't enough to give U.S. courts jurisdiction over crimes that allegedly happened in Colombia…The complaint, filed on behalf of the families of victims in Colombia, accused Drummond Co. of aiding and abetting paramilitary forces in several killings, including the murders of two Drummond union officials…