Analysis: Is trying to kill the Alien Tort Claims Act digging for fool’s gold?

Author: Paul Tarr, New York-based lawyer and public affairs consultant, in Ethical Corporation, Published on: 13 May 2004

To date, major brands including Unocal, ChevronTexaco, Union Carbide [part of Dow Chemical], ExxonMobil, Gap, Coca-Cola, [Fresh Del Monte Produce], Citigroup, Ford and Nike have been sued under the ATCA for complicity in human rights violations...Ultimately, MNCs can have an impact in the public debate over the ATCA. They can do so by demonstrating a commitment to transparency and dialogue with governments and NGOs, and through a palpable sense that abuses committed in connection with their overseas investments will not be tolerated.

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Related companies: Citigroup Coca-Cola Ford Fresh Del Monte Produce Gap Nike Union Carbide (part of Dow) Unocal (part of Chevron)