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In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for villagers

A federal judge has left a small legal opening for some Indonesian villagers to pursue a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for human rights abuses allegedly committed by Indonesian troops guarding an Exxon natural gas field…On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that lawyers for the villagers should be given the opportunity to amend their lawsuit in light of the Supreme Court's decision. Lamberth said he "must determine what U.S.-based conduct is alleged." Lawyers for the villagers say that Exxon provided money for weapons, supplies and equipment for security at the company's Indonesian gas field in the province of Aceh. Lamberth said, however, that the villagers' lawyers have not said where this support was planned or if any of the support came from the United States…Exxon spokesman…said: "We have fought these baseless claims for many years,"…"The plaintiffs' claims are without merit…”

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ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh)

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