Lawsuits

 

Below are selected lawsuits brought against companies for alleged human rights abuses relating to freedom of association.  More lawsuits will be added to this section over time.  Further information on corporate legal accountability, including profiles of human rights lawsuits, is on our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal.

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Ryan Air: France: Ryanair on trial for alleged labour law breaches, including preventing workers from exercising union rights
AFP, 30 May 2013

Ford: Argentina: 3 former Ford executives charged with crimes against humanity over complicity with 70's military dictatorship; Ford says it is not a party to the case
Associated Press, 21 May 2013

Nestlé: Swiss prosecutors close lawsuit against Nestlé alleging company's complicity in murder of Colombian labour leader
AFP, 2 May 2013
Union & NGO file criminal charges against Nestlé in Switzerland alleging it failed to prevent death of trade unionist in Colombia - company denies all allegations
Basler Zeitung (Switzerland), 6 Mar 2012
Colombia: Lawsuit filed in USA against Nestlé for alleged complicity in killing of trade unionist
Jane Bussey, Miami Herald (USA), 28 Oct 2006

Daimler: US S. Ct. agrees to hear Daimler's appeal; lawsuit alleges co. was complicit in human rights abuses committed during Argentine dictatorship
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg, 22 Apr 2013
- US appeals court denies Daimler's bid to review ruling allowing Argentine workers' lawsuit to proceed - claims company's complicity in human rights abuses during Argentine dictatorship
Karen Gullo, Bloomberg09 Nov 2011
- US appeals court rules lawsuit against Daimler over alleged abuses against union workers during Argentina’s military dictatorship can be heard in US court; includes allegations of “disappearances”
Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, 18 May 2011
- Argentina: In trials re military dictatorship in 1970s, former Mercedes-Benz worker says he witnessed detention & kidnapping of workmates/unionists, with the company's complicity

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Mar 2010

Mayan King: Belize: Caribbean Court of Justice rules in favor of migrant banana workers fired for union activities by Mayan King company
Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University in Rights as Usual, 11 Jul 2012

Fiat: Italy: Fiat loses lawsuit, ordered to hire 145 workers who are union members - union had argued Fiat discriminates against its members in hirings
Reuters, 21 Jun 2012

BP: Colombian union leader files suit against BP in US court alleging he was tortured by death squads hired by company
Ryan Abbot, Courthouse News Services, 28 Feb 2012

Sinter Metal: Turkey Supreme Court finds in favour of workers over claims Sinter Metal dismissed employees for joining union
Rainer Santi, Intl. Metalworkers' Federation, 19 Jan 2012

Ledesma:Argentina: ECCHR submits legal opinion in case against sugar company Ledesma over human rights abuses during military dictatorship; includes allegations of false imprisonment, murder, torture & disappearance of trade unionists
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), 5 Apr 2011

Lawsuit against Chiquita over alleged complicity in the torture & killing of trade unionists & other banana workers in Colombia
Summary profile by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Lawsuit against Coca-Cola over alleged torture & killing of trade unionists in Colombia
Summary profile by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Lawsuit against Drummond over alleged torture & killing of trade unionists in Colombia
Summary profile by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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Argentina: Procesan a 3 ex-directivos de la empresa Ford por crímenes de lesa humanidad durante la dictadura militar de los años 70
Centro de información judicial (Argentina), 21 mayo 2013

Tribunal estadounidense juzgará a Daimler por delitos de lesa humanidad cometidos en Argentina durante la dictadura militar
Télam, 12 noviembre 2011

[DOC] Demandas judiciales contra la empresa Drummond por presunta complicidad con asesinatos de sindicalistas en Colombia
Perfil de la demanda preparada por el Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

Demandan a DaimlerChrysler en EEUU por abusos en Argentina, incluyendo contra sindicalistas
Reuters, 14 enero 2004

Argentina: Defensores de derechos humanos presentan demandas penales contra Ledesma por supuestos delitos de lesa humanidad cometidos durante la dictadura militar
Télam (Argentina), 5 abril 2011

Argentina: Denuncian complicidad de filial de Mercedes Benz con desapariciones de 14 trabajadores durante la dictadura militar
Gustavo Veiga, Página 12 (Argentina), 1 diciembre 2009

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France : Ryanair devant la justice pour de prétendues infractions au droit du travail, et entrave à l'exercice du droit syndical
L'Expansion & AFP (France), 31 mai 2013

Etats-Unis: La Cour Suprême examinera l’appel de Daimler, accusée de complicité de violations des droits de l’homme pendant la dictature argentine
Agence France Presse, 22 avril 2013

Une nouvelle plainte contre Nestlé déposée en Suisse allègue que l'entreprise est responsable de la mort d'un syndicaliste en Colombie - Nestlé rejette les accusations
Claire Stam, Novethic (France), 23 avril 2012

Dole accusée devant la justice américaine d'implication dans des assassinats de syndicalistes en Colombie par des paramilitaires que l'entreprise aurait financés
SwissInfo, 7 mai 2009

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Daimler Gets Supreme Court Hearing on Human-Rights Suit

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Important Decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice on Labour Rights

Author: Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University, in Rights as Usual

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21 June 2012

Fiat loses union case in long-running labour row [Italy]

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