Lawsuits: Selected cases

Our Corporate Legal Accountability "Big Issue" is here.  Below are links to case profiles on human rights lawsuits against companies.  A complete list of lawsuits profiled is available here.

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30 August 2018

Metal Refinery (EPZ) lawsuit (re lead pollution in Kenya)

In 2016, the Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action (CJGEA) instituted a class action lawsuit on behalf of the Owino Uhuru community in a Kenyan Environment and Land Court in relation to lead contamination and poisoning....

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29 August 2018

Shell lawsuit (re oil spills & Ogale & Bille communities in Nigeria - Okpabi v Shell)

On 14 October and 22 December 2015, the Ogale and Bille Nigerian communities respectively filed claims against the UK company Royal Dutch Shell plc (hereinafter Shell) and its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the UK...

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23 August 2018
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20 August 2018

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability disappointed by UK court's dismissal of case by victims of 2008 post-election violence in Kenya against Unilever

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) has expressed disappointment with the judgement handed down by the UK Court of Appeal (CA) in the matter against Unilever. The claimants, who are a group of 218 survivors of 2007 post-election...

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15 August 2018
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O Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens criticou a audiência que homologou o termo de ajustamento de conduta (TAC), acordo de reparação por danos causados pelo rompimento da Barragem do Fundão, o desastre do Rio Doce. A audiência ocorreu em 8 de agost...

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14 August 2018

Unilever lawsuit (re ethnic violence in Kenya)

In 2016 employees and residents of a Unilever tea plantation in Kenya filed a lawsuit against Unilever PLC (the UK-domiciled parent company) and Unilever Tea Kenya Limited (the Kenyan-incorporated subsidiary) at the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench...

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3 July 2018
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Novo Termo de Ajustamento de Conduta foi firmado para estabelecer mecanismos de participação de pessoas atingidas pelo desastre do Rio Doce, de novembro de 2015. O novo acordo foi firmado por órgãos da União, dos Estados de Minas Gerais e do Espírito ...

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26 June 2018
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25 June 2018

Grupo México lawsuit (re toxic spill in Mexico)

On 6 August 2014, 40.000 m3 of chemicals from the Buenavista del Cobre mine, a subsidiary of Grupo México, spilled into the Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers.  The toxic spill caused water and soil contamination which affected approximately 22,000 people...

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25 June 2018

Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising and human rights violations, France)

Since 2013, the human rights and workers' rights organizations Sherpa, ActionAid France – Peuples Solidaires and Indecosa-CGT have filed various claims against Samsung Electronics and its subsidiaries in different French courts. The organizations asse...

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