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11 August 2011

Supreme Court May Consider Whether Companies Can Be Sued Over Human Rights [USA]

Author: Lawrence Hurley, Greenwire blog, New York Times

Recent court rulings on the question of whether oil companies and other multinationals can be sued in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations overseas has made the issue ripe for Supreme Court intervention...Although it is notoriously tough to...

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18 July 2011

The Global Lawyer: Corporate Alien Tort Rouses from Its Deathbed

Author: Michael D. Goldhaber, Am Law Daily [USA]

…[US Court of Appeals judges] Richard Posner…and…Judith Rogers…[have] lined up behind corporate liability for human rights violations under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute…[which] was snuffed out in the Second Circuit in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum...

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13 July 2011

Firestone wins Liberian child labor case in US

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters Africa

A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit accusing the Firestone tire company of illegally using child labor in Liberia, but found that U.S. law allows companies to be held liable for human rights abuses abroad…Judge Richard Posner…rejected claims by...

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10 June 2011

Victims and courts fight to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses, challenging Kiobel [USA]

Author: Marco Simons, EarthRights International

[O]n May 18, a federal court in Illinois declined to follow Kiobel. In a case involving Hungarian Jews who allege theft of their property by Hungarian banks during the Holocaust, the court allowed claims of "[g]enocide by looting and aiding and...

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7 June 2011

[Video] Firestone, Rubber and Labor in Liberia

Author: Ed Robbins, Time

Firestone's [part of Bridgestone] latex operation is Liberia's biggest private employer. The company has drawn criticism for past labor practices, but now partners with government to improve conditions

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18 April 2011

Ethical Council Annual Report 2010

Author: Ethical Council

Since 2007, [the First, Second, Third & Fourth AP Funds, buffer funds in Sweden’s national pension system] have been coordinating their work on environmental and ethical issues through the joint Ethical Council. The purpose of the Council is,...

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18 April 2011

Sweden's buffer pension funds' Ethical Council publishes 2010 Annual Report, includes reports on dialogues with companies associated with social, environmental abuses

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10 February 2011

[PDF] Business & human rights in Anglophone Africa – A round-up of recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing highlights reports from a range of sources about how businesses have impacted human rights, positively and negatively, in Anglophone Africa over the past year... [Headings:] Examples of the “resource curse” ...HIV/AIDS and TB...Dams:...

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9 February 2011

New briefing on business & human rights in Anglophone Africa, by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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5 October 2010

Kiobel's first victim: Flomo v. Firestone

Author: Marco Simons, Legal Director, Earthrights International

The recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which ruled that corporations cannot be sued for human rights abuses under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), was adopted today by an Indiana federal court in the...

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