Report commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce on lawsuits against US firms for alleged abuses overseas - accuses lawyers, plaintiffs, advocates of unethical tactics

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30 July 2010

[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.

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1 June 2010

[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!]

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