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Drummond Trial Is Set to Open [USA]

Author: Pui-Wing Tam, Wall-Street Journal, Published on: 9 July 2007

For the first time, a trial is scheduled to open in U.S. federal court this week over whether a U.S. company is accountable for alleged human-rights transgressions committed overseas. The case, in Birmingham, Ala., involves mining company Drummond Co. and its alleged collaboration with Colombian paramilitaries in 2001 to kill three mining-union leaders near a Drummond mine in La Loma, Colombia. Drummond has denied any role in the deaths of the union leaders. [also refers to ExxonMobil, Bridgestone-Firestone, Unocal]

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Related companies: Bridgestone Bridgestone-Firestone (part of Bridgestone) Drummond ExxonMobil Unocal (part of Chevron)