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Forum Post: Did ExxonMobil Pay Torturers?

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 11, 2012, 2:24 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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But in a 2008 ruling (PDF), federal district court judge Louis Oberdorfer ordered Exxon to face trial. "A reasonable finder of fact," the judge wrote, citing internal correspondence from Exxon and its Indonesian subsidiary, EMOI, "could conclude that the paid security forces committed the alleged torts and that EMOI and Exxon Mobil are liable." Exxon appealed, but a federal circuit court panel upheld that part of the ruling in July 2011.

The fate of the ExxonMobil case now rests in the hands of the US Supreme Court. On October 1, the court heard arguments in a similar, better-known case, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell)—and it's that case that may determine whether the Acehnese villagers ever get their day in federal court.

Like John Doe v. ExxonMobil, the Kiobel case relies on an 18th-century statute called the Alien Tort Claims Act. The Nigerian plaintiffs say it gives citizens outside the United States the right to sue any corporation with a US presence for aiding and abetting human rights abuses—such as the Nigerian government's alleged extrajudicial killings of Ogoni protester Ken Saro-Wiwa and Barinem Kiobel.

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[-] 2 points by ericweiss (575) 2 years ago

With a constitutional amendment voiding corporate personhood, we can create corporate liability laws that puncture the "corporate veil" that shields corporate executives from liability. BP for example, killed its own people in the Deep Water Horizon.
Massey Energy killed dozens of miners, Blankenship got away with murder
( I think he's a major contributor to willard )

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26217) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Interesting - thx GF. I hope the case goes well = against the corpoRATions. As we need to see global accountability/responsibility if we are ever to see global sanity.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I am hoping for some accountability.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26217) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

In part - what I replied to Zen's comment - now there is really nowhere in the world that is not experiencing this corpoRAT and Governmental Abuse.

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26217) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Thx for posting that - 1995 - huh - how sad - now there is really nowhere in the world that is not experiencing this corpoRAT and Governmental Abuse.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Thank you!

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Thank you.