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9 Jul 2007

Pui-Wing Tam, Wall-Street Journal

Drummond Trial Is Set to Open [USA]

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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USA: Lawsuit against Drummond for alleged involvement in killings of Colombia unionists goes to trial in federal court

Drummond lawsuit (re paramilitary killings in Colombia, filed in the US by families of deceased labour leaders)