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Exxon Mobil says Aceh torture lawsuit sets dangerous precedent

Exxon Mobil Corp. warned that a U.S. judge's decision to allow villagers to file a lawsuit against the oil giant for alleged abuses by Indonesian troops in Aceh province could set a precedent for all American companies operating abroad... The International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit in 2001 on behalf of 11 Acehnese villagers who said Exxon Mobil's Indonesian subsidiary allowed its facilities to be used by soldiers to torture locals and to commit other human rights abuses...U.S. District Judge Louis Oberdorfer ruled last week the case could proceed. [also refers to Pertamina, Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont]

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