Judge Rejects Summary Judgment in Human Rights Lawsuit Against Exxon
A federal judge…said there is sufficient evidence for a jury to decide whether Exxon should be held liable for the actions of Indonesian soldiers who, while guarding Exxon assets, allegedly beat, shot, tortured and raped villagers eight years ago. Exxon lawyers…argue there is no evidence that the soldiers who reportedly injured the plaintiffs were the same guards assigned to protect gas fields…. Exxon also disputes that it had control over the soldiers guarding Exxon facilities. U.S. District Judge Louis Oberdorfer of the District of Columbia concluded a jury must decide whether to hold Exxon accountable for the alleged actions of the soldiers.