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23 Jul 2007

Eric A. Savage & Michael G. Congiu, Littler Mendelson, P.C. on Mondaq

United States: Corporate Liability For Human Rights Abuses Goes On Trial

The extent of corporate liability for alleged human rights abuses committed abroad under the Alien Tort Claims Act is currently being tested in the Northern District of Alabama. The plaintiffs...allege that Alabama-based mining company Drummond Ltd. ("Drummond") was complicit in the murders of three union leaders at a Drummond-owned coal mine in Columbia. [T]he case presents a unique opportunity to test the extent of corporate liability under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA)…. Significantly, the Drummond case is the very first ATCA case to proceed to trial. [also refers to Unocal (now part of Chevron)]

Part of the following timelines

Analysis of US lawsuit against Drummond for alleged complicity in murder of Colombian union leaders - first Alien Tort Claims Act case to reach trial

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)