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U.S. Supreme Court justices heard accusations this week that two foreign-based units of Shell facilitated torture and execution in Nigeria, and seemed to lean toward shielding companies from some suits alleging complicity in overseas atrocities while debating how far to go in scaling back the Alien Tort Statute - which would be a coup for firms such as Exxon and Chevron which have been sued.
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  • hwood007
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    Do not know the law on this one, but anyone wanting to litigate a firm should have to file in the country where the firm has its headquarters.
    We should not be able to bring an English company to court in Atlanta, GA. We need to file in the home country.
    2 Oct 2012, 08:13 PM Reply Like
  • Iron Hamster
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    I think the suit should be brought in the particular country they are doing business in. If a company chooses to do business in a corrupt country with shady laws, they know what they are getting into. If that country chases off enough investment, it is poetic justice.
    2 Oct 2012, 08:59 PM Reply Like
  • yurchick
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    I currently work for a Major US Oil Company ( 36 years )
    2 Oct 2012, 09:56 PM Reply Like
  • yurchick
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    US Oil companies don't have to resort to torture to make oil deals.
    Money is all it takes..been that way for decades.
    2 Oct 2012, 09:56 PM Reply Like
  • User 85967
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    Torture is a deliberate and henious act against humanity. It has been long recognized as being totally unacceptable.


    Those who fail to punish those directly or indirectly responsible for torture are as guilty as the perpetrators and should also be punished for turning their heads and pretending that it did not happen. Patricia Mull
    2 Oct 2012, 10:03 PM Reply Like
  • wcjack
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    It seems this close to Nov. 6 th election, there would be more pertinent issues that could be settled than this....This case could certainly wait till election over....Is the court stalling on important issues that could possibly effect the outcome Nov. 6 ...?
    2 Oct 2012, 10:03 PM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    An Indian head of state was banned from travel to the USA because he was accused of doing nothing to save Muslims killed in rioting started by (innocent) Mulsims. My opinion is that in the highly charged environment noone could have done anything. This decision taken by Republicans to appease a strong Muslim lobby in the USA. This man is only accused and even after several inquiries no proof of his involvement is found by a very motivated government in power in India.


    Similarly the government must act and kick any company involved in such crimes of humanity outside of the USA and ban any US Corporation or to associate with them. Additionally no US money should be given to any government or agency that allows them to do business in their field of influence.
    2 Oct 2012, 11:17 PM Reply Like
  • xomstock
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    I doubt that any major or any oil company for that matter resorts to these types of tactics.


    Let me just add that someone needs to do more torture and killing because the USA has evidently dropped the ball on this.


    If we kill and torture enough maybe they will start understanding that we are tired of them killing our people and blowing up our buildings, airplanes,ships etc.


    Giving them payoff money does not work. giving them oil money does not work, playing live and let live only works one way.


    It seems our options are limited. If we cannot be friends then we are enemy's and the only good enemy is a dead enemy.


    Some people only understand one thing and I for one think it is past time to give them what they know.
    3 Oct 2012, 12:53 PM Reply Like
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