Report commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce on lawsuits against US firms for alleged abuses overseas - accuses lawyers, plaintiffs, advocates of unethical tactics
All components of this story
[PDF] Missing the Point: A response to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report “Think Globally, Sue Locally”
Author: EarthRights International
EarthRights International (ERI) has reviewed the June 2010 report “Think Globally, Sue Locally,” by Jonathan Drimmer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform...“Think Globally” is riddled with errors that betray the bias of the Chamber and undermine the report’s conclusions...The basic observation underlying “Thinking Globally” is sound: companies that are sued for serious human rights and environmental abuses will often face public education and advocacy campaigns in addition to the litigation. This should not be surprising; what is objectionable, rather, is Mr. Drimmer’s insinuation that campaigns are somehow manipulated or controlled by litigators to compel companies to settle weak cases case for their own financial gain. The report is so riddled with errors of fact and logic that the conclusions that it draws from this observation are anything but sound.
- Related stories: Report commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce on lawsuits against US firms for alleged abuses overseas - accuses lawyers, plaintiffs, advocates of unethical tactics Talisman lawsuit (re Sudan) U.S. apparel cos. lawsuit (re Saipan) Show moreShow less
- Related in-depth areas: Latest Legal News
- Related companies: Caterpillar Talisman
[PDF] Think globally, sue locally: Out-of-court tactics employed by plaintiffs, their lawyers, and their advocates in transnational tort cases
Author: Jonathan Drimmer, Steptoe & Johnson, released by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform
Over the past 15 years, there has been a sharp rise in lawsuits brought against United States companies, as well as foreign companies with a substantial U.S. presence, that are premised on alleged personal or environmental injuries that occur overseas...With increasing frequency, plaintiffs, their attorneys, and their advocates are employing aggressive out-of court tactics that approach, straddle, and sometimes cross ethical lines in seeking to gain litigation advantages....The tactics...have clearly demonstrable patterns. Among them are: Aggressive media tactics...Community organizing tactics...Investment tactics...Political tactics...Fraudulent misconduct...[refers to AirScan, Archer Daniels Midland, Bridgestone, Bridgestone-Firestone (part of Bridgestone), Brylane (part of Pinault Printemps-Redoute), Cargill, Chevron, Chiquita, Coca-Cola, Daimler, Del Monte Foods, Dole, Dow Chemical, Drummond, ExxonMobil, Gap, Gulf Oil, Levi Strauss, Mercedes-Benz (part of Daimler), Mobil Oil (part of ExxonMobil), Nestlé, Occidental Petroleum, Petroecuador, Pfizer, PPR (formerly Pinault-Printemps-Redoute), Rio Tinto, Shell, Target, Texaco (part of Chevron), Union Carbide (part of Dow), Unocal (part of Chevron), Wal-Mart, Yahoo!]
- Related stories: Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa) Chevron lawsuit (re Nigeria) Chiquita lawsuits (re Colombia) Coca-Cola lawsuit (re Colombia) Daimler lawsuit (re Argentina) Drummond lawsuit (re Colombia) ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh) Firestone lawsuit (re Liberia) Nike lawsuit (Kasky v Nike, re denial of labour abuses) Occidental lawsuit (re Colombia) Pfizer lawsuit (re Nigeria) Report commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce on lawsuits against US firms for alleged abuses overseas - accuses lawyers, plaintiffs, advocates of unethical tactics Rio Tinto lawsuit (re Papua New Guinea) Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa) Shell lawsuit (re oil pollution in Nigeria) Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador) U.S. apparel cos. lawsuit (re Saipan) Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal) Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar) Walmart lawsuit (re gender discrimination in USA) Yahoo! lawsuit (re China) Show moreShow less
- Related in-depth areas: Latest Legal News
- Related companies: AirScan Archer Daniels Midland Bridgestone Bridgestone-Firestone (part of Bridgestone) Brylane (part of Pinault Printemps-Redoute) Cargill Chevron Chiquita Coca-Cola Daimler DaimlerChrysler (now Daimler) Del Monte Foods Dole Dow Chemical Drummond ExxonMobil Firestone Natural Rubber (part of Bridgestone) Gap Gulf Oil Levi Strauss Mercedes-Benz (part of Daimler) Mobil Oil (part of ExxonMobil) Nestlé Occidental Petroleum Petroecuador Pfizer PPR (formerly Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) Rio Tinto Shell Target Texaco (part of Chevron) Union Carbide (part of Dow) Unocal (part of Chevron) Walmart Yahoo!
"alliance de 180 entreprises multinationales destinée à soutenir leur engagement contre l'épidémie du SIDA"
- Related stories: 18 members of U.S. Congress call on Dow Chemical to compensate Bhopal victims Amnesty Intl. seeks investigation by US securities regulators of Dow attempts to seek indemnity in India for Bhopal liabilities Bhopal gas victims, govt call truce [India] Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches first regional briefing – business & human rights in South Asia Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin – Issue 10, Sep 2013 Dow Chemical Investors Message to Management: PR Campaign Cannot Gloss Over Suffering of 100,000 People in Bhopal with No Acknowledgment of Corporate Responsibility Dow Chemical Shareholders' Message to Management: Address Specific Health, Environmental and Social Concerns of Bhopal, India survivors FIDH launches guide for victims & NGOs on recourse mechanisms in cases of corporate-related human rights violations full report: "In Our Court: ATCA, Sosa and the Triumph of Human Rights" Global Business Council on HIV/AIDS India: 25 years after Bhopal gas disaster, health and environmental impact still contested India: Bhopal survivors protest government request to reduce charges against ex-Union Carbide boss from culpable homicide to negligence India: Campaigners criticise Olympic authorities in London for accepting Dow Chemical's sponsorship citing links to Bhopal disaster India: Court order for Dow to appear, proposed cleanup plan are “ray of hope” for survivors of Bhopal gas disaster that killed over 22,000, says Amnesty India: Court re-issues arrest warrant for former Union Carbide CEO, over Bhopal disaster India: Supreme Court rejects petition to re-open 1984 Bhopal gas disaster case seeking harsher sentences for former Union Carbide managers India: US court rejects case against Union Carbide - petition was over pollution of soil and groundwater from Bhopal gas tragedy India: Will govt. follow through on requiring Dow to take responsibility for Bhopal clean-up? (Business Standard) Indian court finds Union Carbide India and seven top executives guilty for their role in 1984 Bhopal disaster that left thousands dead Indian government goes soft on Bhopal crimes - Indians protest reduced charges for Union Carbide CEO Indra Sinha: Bhopal disaster victims' suffering "emblematic of the struggle faced by huge numbers of Indians" New book "Regulating Corporate Human Rights Violations - Humanizing Business", by Surya Deva (flyer provides 20 percent discount) Plaintiffs in US lawsuit against Union Carbide argue new evidence proves company's direct role in gas disaster in Bhopal, India Report by Intl. Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on human rights responsibilities of business Report commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce on lawsuits against US firms for alleged abuses overseas - accuses lawyers, plaintiffs, advocates of unethical tactics Speech of Rachna Dhingra, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, India at the Public Eye on Davos 2005 Strategic lawsuits against public participation increasingly used by companies to silence human rights defenders, says journalist UK: Yes Men ask Dow executives to drink contaminated water - highlighting after-effects of Bhopal gas disaster Update on human rights lawsuits against companies under US Alien Tort Claims Act, including ChevronTexaco, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Shell, Unocal Updated version of guidebook on "Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses", includes chapter on mediation following revision of OECD guidelines US court says Bhopal water pollution claims against Union Carbide can proceed Water, soil still a killer at Bhopal’s ground zero [India] Show moreShow less