The Resource Centre continually tracks lawsuits and other legal actions relating to businesses' human rights performance. We regularly select a number of these lawsuits to form the basis of a Case Profile. These Profiles present a concise summary of each lawsuit to inform lawyers and legal advocates of the key facts, legal proceedings, involved parties, allegations and legal arguments.
Our Case Profiles are selected based on multiple factors, including the salience of the alleged abuse, the nature of the litigation strategy, and the potential for setting legal precedent regularly. The cases we profile fall into three categories: lawsuits brought (1) against companies to redress human rights abuses; (2) by companies against human rights defenders to silence and intimidate them.; and (3) against States for failing to regulate company behavior.
You can search for lawsuits brought against companies or governments (case profiles under categories (1) and (2)) by using either our Lawsuits Database or our pre-set filtered search here. Case profiles that fall under category (3) (that bear elements of SLAPPs) are listed further below.
New Case Profiles
Clearview AI lawsuit (re consent over scanning of online photos, USA)
In May 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and five other non-profit organisations filed a complaint against Clearview AI (Clearview) in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, USA. The plaintiffs allege that Clearview AI used facial recognition technology to capture “faceprints” from Illinois residents using online photos, without obtaining the individuals’ consent which violates Illinois legislation. In August 2021, the court denied Clearview’s application to dismiss the complaint.
Lawsuit against EDF (re indigenous rights in Mexico, filed in France)
In October 2020, representatives of the indigenous Zapotec community of Unión Hidalgo and two NGOs filed a lawsuit against Electricité de France (EDF), over its alleged failure to establish and implement appropriate measures to prevent human rights abuses and adverse environmental effects in the course of its Gunaa Sicarú project according to France’s 2017 duty of vigilance law. EDF denies the allegations.
Lawsuit against labour union president (re inciting social unrest, Cambodia)
In April 2020, Superl Holdings filed criminal charges against Cambodian local union president Soy Sros, alleging she incited social unrest by alerting the public on Facebook to Superl’s plan to dismiss workers at its factory in Phnom Penh in defiance of government-issued COVID-19 guidance. Following extensive media coverage of the case, Superl Holdings agreed to drop the criminal charges.
Case profiles of lawsuits against companies
Search through our 200+ case profiles of lawsuits against companies to hold them accountable for human rights abuses.
Case profiles of lawsuits by companies against advocates
- closed Appleby lawsuit against BBC & The Guardian (re Paradise Papers)
- closed Apple lawsuit against Attac (re tax avoidance protests)
- closed California Independent Petroleum Association lawsuit (re change in drilling permissions, USA), para la versión en español, haga clic acá
- open Energix lawsuit against Al-Marsad (re windfarm project, Golan Heights)
- closed Energy Transfer lawsuit (re Dakota Access Pipeline, USA)
- Inversiones Cobra & CXI lawsuit (re illegal invasion of land & burning of palm oil, Guatemala); para la versión en español, haga clic acá
- Mineral Sands Resources lawsuits (re Tormin mine, So. Africa)
- Murray Energy lawsuit (re John Oliver’s alleged defamatory TV sketch, USA)
- Natural Fruit Company lawsuits (re defamation suits against Andy Hall, Thailand)
- closed Raub Australian Gold Mining lawsuit (re defamation by villagers, Malaysia); pour la version en français, cliquez ici
- Resolute Forest Products Lawsuits (re alleged racketeering and defamation by environmental organizations, USA)
- Socfin lawsuits (re defamation by Green Scenery, Sierra Leone)
- Socfin & Socapalm lawsuit (re defamation by NGOs & media outlets, France); pour la version en français, cliquez ici; para la version en espanol, haga clic acá
- Superl Holdings lawsuit against labour union president (re inciting social unrest, Cambodia)
- Thammakaset lawsuit against former workers (re defamation on labour conditions, Thailand)
- Technoprivod lawsuit against environmental NGO (re defamation, Ukraine)
- Tourah Cement lawsuit (re workers’ prison charge for illegal protest, Egypt)
- Vinci lawsuits (re Sherpa's allegations of forced labour in Qatar); pour la version en français, cliquez ici