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Article

20 Jun 2006

Author:
Bill Baue, Business Ethics magazine [USA]

[PDF] Win or Lose in Court

...[The US Alien Tort Claims Act] has the potential to dramatically increase corporate accountability for human-rights abuses...Is it the silver bullet human-rights activists hope for — or just a weak weapon, as some multinational corporations might want to believe? "I think ATCA is the only effective tool out there right now for advancing corporate respect for human rights, and I think it will continue to be a very effective tool,” says Terry Collingsworth, executive director of the International Labor Rights Fund...Collingsworth’s view has yet to be validated by the courts. [refers to cases against Texaco (now part of Chevron), Unocal (now part of Chevron), Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil]

Part of the following stories

ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh)

Coca-Cola lawsuit (re Colombia)

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)