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Bowoto v Chevron

Bowoto v. Chevron: Nigerian Plaintiffs Argue their Appeal in Human Rights Case Against Chevron

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Gilmore

Lawyers for a group of Nigerian environmental activists argued an appeal before the Ninth Circuit in Bowoto v. Chevron. This landmark case was the first human rights civil suit against a corporation to be tried before an American jury.

Landmark Human Rights Trial Bowoto v. Chevron to Begin October 27th

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Firger

For the first time, a U.S. company could potentially be held liable in U.S. courts for gross human rights abuses committed in their overseas operations.

Why The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Needs Reform

Andrew Woods | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Woods

Paying the soldiers of foreign countries to moonlight as a private security force is an inherently corrupting practice that undermines the rule of law and the neutrality of a foreign army.

Bowoto v. Chevron: Approaching the Arguments

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Gilmore

Why do police negotiators generally refuse to pay ransom for hostages? To do so would actually encourage more kidnappings by providing an incentive to would-be kidnappers.

Charles James: Chevron's In-House Karl Rove?

Andrew Woods | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Woods

One of the more interesting aspects of the Bowoto v. Chevron case has been the role played by attorney Charles James, who is considered a disciple of Karl Rove-style legal and political tactics.

Bowoto v. Chevron: The Oil Men and the Juju Man

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Gilmore

What happens when an oil company gets its back to the wall in a human rights lawsuit? Like a cornered hound, it goes on the attack.

Bowoto v. Chevron - The Flamingo Defense

Andrew Woods | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Woods

Wednesday morning I watched the beginning development of a very specific narrative thread by Chevron - the underlying claim that they did not know, and could not know.

Bowoto v. Chevron: What's Really at Stake?

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Firger

Since the state of the law is so unsettled on this point, the decision in Bowoto is likely to have a big impact on the way future human rights lawsuits are litigated. Chevron knows this, of course.

Landmark Human Rights Trial Continues in Bowoto v. Chevron - Opening Statements and More

Andrew Woods | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Woods

Of course American companies have a right and responsibility to protect their workers from harm - no reasonable person would argue that.