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22 Feb 2011

Mike Scarcella, National Law Journal

Exxon Seeks Dismissal of Alien Tort Case Originating in Indonesia

Lawyers for Exxon Mobil Corp. want a federal appeals court in Washington to absolve it from any liability stemming from human rights allegations that its security force -foreign government soldiers hired to protect personnel and facilities - brutalized a group of villagers in Indonesia…In two consolidated cases, the appeals court is [deciding]… whether Exxon can be held liable for alleged human rights violations through aiding or abetting the soldiers or because the oil and gas company acted in joint participation with them. The plaintiffs' claims also include state law allegations of wrongful death, assault and battery... The suit, first filed in 2001…claims soldiers physically abused and killed villagers who lived or worked near an Exxon gas operation in Aceh, Indonesia…