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Suing Repression's Service Provider

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24 September 2010

[PDF] Isa Saharkhiz, et al., v. Nokia Corporation, et al. - Memorandum of Law in Support of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [US]

Author: Walter D. Kelley, Tara Lynn R. Zurawski, Michael L. Rice, Thomas R. Jackson, Thomas K. Schroeter, counsel for Nokia

Plaintiffs’ claims...under the Alien Tort Statute...fail [because]...[a]s the Second Circuit reasoned in a decision issued last week, there is no specific, universal, and obligatory norm of international law that would support imposition of liability on corporate defendants...Plaintiffs’ claims...under the Torture Victims Protection Act...fail because TVPA liability is unavailable against corporations and cannot be imposed vicariously...Virginia law does not apply to alleged torts committed in Iran by Iranian government officials against Iranian citizens...Finally, because the Complaint pleads no facts suggesting conduct directed at or direct injury to Plaintiff Mehdi Saharkhiz, his claims must also be dismissed in their entirety. [refers to Nokia, Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI), Islamic Republic News Agency]

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28 August 2010

Suing Repression's Service Provider

Author: Kaveh Shahrooz, Frontline Tehran Bureau

[Ali] Herischi and [Edward] Moawad are the two lawyers behind an unusual and potentially devastating lawsuit against Nokia Siemens…[T]he suit has been brought by Mehdi Saharkhiz on behalf of his father, Isa…The elder Saharkhiz, an outspoken reformist journalist in Iran, was arrested shortly after the start of the post-election uprising in the summer of 2009. Since that time, authorities in Iran have reportedly subjected [him]…to repeated torture. He has been charged with spreading propaganda against the state and offending the government's senior officials…Saharkhiz denies the charges. The new lawsuit alleges that Nokia Siemens knowingly provided the Iranian government with the surveillance technology which it employed to track and arrest dissidents like Saharkhiz…Nokia has hit back, claiming that the service they sold was "lawful interception technology."

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16 August 2010

[PDF] Saharkhiz, et al. v. Nokia Corporation, et al. - Complaint for Tort Damages and Injunctive Relief

Author: Moawad & Herischi, LLP, counsel for the plaintiffs

[full text of complaint filed against Nokia Corporation, et al.]

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