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15 Aug 2007

Marco Simons, EarthRights

Rulings on Chevron's Summary Judgment Motions

Chevron...filed three motions directed at particular sets of claims: one generally against plaintiffs' claims such as assault and wrongful death, another one directed at plaintiffs claims for human rights abuses under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), and one against plaintiffs' claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In Order No. 1640, the court rejected the first of these, allowing claims for wrongful death, assault, negligence, and the like to proceed to trial. In Order No. 1601, the court granted Chevron's efforts to dismiss the RICO claim. In Order No. 1637, the court also granted dismissal of plaintiffs' claim for crimes against humanity, one of the ATS claims, but in Order No. 1636, the court reconsidered and reversed its earlier dismissal of plaintiffs' other ATS claims, including torture and extrajudicial execution.

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US judge says lawsuit against Chevron for human rights abuses in Nigeria can continue

Chevron lawsuit (re Nigeria)