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British PLCs Risk Human Rights Litigation in US, Lawyers Warn

British companies with global operations face a growing threat of being sued in the US over their dealings with foreign governments accused of human rights violations, a leading lawyer has warned. Rae Lindsay, a partner at Clifford Chance, said the fear of being held "vicariously" liable for the actions of foreign governments is having a detrimental impact on foreign investment by UK companies...However, Richard Hermer, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers...welcomed the increased litigation. "It is entirely right and appropriate that those companies that involve themselves in disreputable practices are held to account, if necessary, through the courts. [refers to cases involving IBM, Unocal]

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Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)

Keynote address by Sir Geoffrey Chandler, at JUSTICE and Sweet & Maxwell conference: "Corporate liability: human rights and the modern business", 12 June 2006