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27 May 2017

So. Africa: At least 500 employees to be retrenched as General Motors ceases operations; workers union says company never consulted them

Author: Ray Mahlaka, Moneyweb (South Africa)

"General Motors counts initial job losses from SA exit", 22 May 2017...

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20 June 2013

Case profile: Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuit against 20 banks and corporations regarding reparations for alleged complicity of the defendants in abuses committed by the South African Apartheid regime.]

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1 November 2010

[PDF] The past and present of corporate complicity: Financing the Argentinean dictatorship

Author: J.P Bohoslavsky & V. Opgenhaffen, in Harvard Human Rights Journal

This paper examines the main legal aspects of corporate civil responsibility for facilitating serious violations of human rights, focusing specifically on bank activity. It analyzes, in detail, the Argentinean case and the financial support received...

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4 September 2008

Xinhua: Japanese companies to set up special economic zone in Myanmar

Author: BurmaNet News

Major Japanese motor companies are planning to establish [six] special economic zone in Myanmar [which is planned to attract direct foreign investment…to promote the country’s economic development] to produce motor vehicle spare parts, the leading...

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12 May 2008

Court won't block US lawsuit by apartheid victims

Author: Mark Sherman, Associated Press

The Supreme Court said...that it can't intervene in an important dispute over the rights of apartheid victims to sue U.S. corporations in U.S. courts because four of the nine justices had to sit out the case over apparent conflicts…. The court's hands...

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21 April 2008

Conference Call: Companies Want Apartheid Case Tossed

Author: Ben Winograd, Legal Times, reprinted on SCOTUSblog [USA]

The current South African leadership...strenuously objected earlier this decade at the filing of numerous class actions in U.S. courts, seeking upwards of $400 billion from some four dozen corporations alleged to have assisted the apartheid government...

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10 January 2008

[PDF] American Isuzu Motors Inc. et al. v. Ntsebeza et al. - Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

Author: 45 defendant companies in apartheid reparations lawsuit

[Petition filed by the defendant companies in the South African apartheid reparations lawsuit asking the US Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a lower court's ruling allowing the lawsuit to proceed. Defendant companies are: 3M, Anglo American, BP,...

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5 June 2007

Automakers offer to settle pollution suit [Japan]

Author: Yomiuri Shimbun [Japan]

Seven automakers [Toyota, Hino, Nissan, Nissan Diesel (part of Nissan), Mazda, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi] have notified the Tokyo High Court that they are willing to pay between 400 million yen and 500 million yen in settlement money to asthma patients in...

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