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14 Jun 2010

EarthRights International

[PDF] Oil Giant Chevron Faces Appellate Court Today in Human Rights Litigation

Today, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit heard argument in the landmark human rights case, Bowoto v. Chevron. The Nigerian villagers who were shot and tortured in a brutal 1998 attack during a protest against the oil giant seek a retrial of their claims. Today’s arguments centered on whether the jury was given proper instructions when considering the case, especially on Chevron’s responsibility for the attacks. The appeals court also considered whether prejudicial evidence was improperly allowed at the 2008 trial, and whether the trial court erred in dismissing claims for the killing of protestor Arolika Irowarinun.