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Mining Company Faces Suit Over Union Killings

Author: Kevin Duvall, Courthouse News Service, Published on: 4 February 2011

The 11th Circuit revived a case on Thursday against the Drummond Co. for allegedly paying militia members to kill three union leaders at its coal mine in Colombia…Their eight children filed the lawsuit. A federal judge in Northern District of Alabama dismissed the original complaint in 2007, finding that the family members lacked standing to sue…The Atlanta-based federal appeals panel…reversed the original ruling on the cause of action under the [Alien Tort Statute], stating that extrajudicial killing established a violation of international law, falling under the same jurisdiction as "torture, crimes against humanity and cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment."

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