USA: EarthRights International files amicus brief supporting plaintiffs in lawsuit alleging Occidental's complicity in bombing of Colombian village

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5 October 2011

Lawsuit profile: Occidental lawsuit (re Colombia)

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 23 April 2003, residents of Santo Domingo, Colombia filed a lawsuit against Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) and its security contractor, Airscan, Inc. in US federal court in California. The plaintiffs claim that both Oxy and Airscan...helped the Colombian Air Force (CAF) conduct an aerial bombing attack on Santo Domingo on 13 December 1998...The raid led to the deaths of 17 innocent civilians and injured 25 others. [includes links to news articles, statements and submission to court by plaintiffs and defendant companies, news articles, court opinions]

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Author: Semana [Colombia]

La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) informó que el Estado colombiano será juzgado por el bombardeo a Santo Domingo...Allí miembros de la Fuerza Aérea bombardearon el caserío causándole la muerte de 17 personas y heridas a 27 más...La CIDH también pidió investigar los vínculos entre agentes del Estado y la petrolera OXY [Occidental] porque, según el organismo, el explosivo arrojado en la zona habría contado con el apoyo de un avión perteneciente a esa empresa estadounidense.

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18 September 2011

ERI Files Brief Supporting Use of State Law in Human Rights Cases

Author: EarthRights International

ERI filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief this past week in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Galvis Mujica v. Occidental Petroleum… On December 13, 1998, the Colombian military bombed the village of Santo Domingo, guided by an airplane provided by [Occidental Petroleum (Oxy)] and piloted by its security contractor. According to the plaintiffs, Oxy instigated the raid in a meeting with the military at its own offices...

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15 September 2011

[PDF] Mujica v. Occidental Petroleum, et al. - Brief of amicus curiae Earthrights International in support of plainitffs-appellants and reversal

Author: EarthRights International

The narrow question amicus addresses is whether the foreign affairs preemption doctrine can appropriately be used to dismiss claims brought under generally-applicable state tort law in a federal court action, in the absence of a clear conflict with federal acts that carry the force of law. The district court’s ruling that such claims can be preempted is unprecedented and should be reversed.

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