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11 Jun 2007

Toby Shute, Motley Fool [USA]

Hey, We Just Fly the Planes [Alien Tort Claims Act & Valuation of Companies]

The Alien Tort Claims Act…charges are heavy, and as an investor, it's one of the last things you want in your company's headlines…. The punitive results of [ATCA] trials have been mixed, but the risk to the reputation of a multinational firm facing an ATCA charge far outweighs any direct monetary damages….The takeaway here is not that market participants may be overlooking the business risks to government contract work. [refers to Shell, Unocal, Chevron, Boeing, SAIC, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics]