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22 Oct 2007

Jonathan Drimmer, Steptoe & Johnson, in Legal Times

Don't Be Dubbed a Human Rights Abuser

Though a recent verdict in a high-profile Alien Tort Claims Act case in Alabama resulted in a resounding victory for Drummond..., multinational corporations still have great concerns...[T]he case represents the first corporate ATCA lawsuit to survive dismissal motions and proceed through trial. That trial, along with a growing wave of high-stakes ATCA lawsuits against multinational corporations and their executive officers, means that companies and their in-house counsel are going to have to focus on ATCA issues more than ever... Here are four modest suggestions for helping companies weather the ATCA storm. [also refers to lawsuits against Texaco (part of Chevron), Bridgestone Firestone, Yahoo, Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, Dole, Dow Chemical, Chiquita]

Part of the following timelines

Firestone lawsuit (re Liberia)

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)