Case Detail

Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corp.
On July 26, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated its 2011 decision that had upheld the right of activists to proceed with claims under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) for alleged human rights violations. The lawsuit alleges that a multinational corporation aided and abetted rights violations by the government of Indonesia, by providing financial support to security forces. The appeals court’s order was a victory for WLF, which had urged the court to dismiss the ATS claims. The order follows on the heels of the Supreme Court’s April 2013 Kiobel decision, which called into question the continued viability of any ATS lawsuits based on overseas conduct. The appeals court in 2011 had ruled that the ATS broadly authorized such suits. The July 26 order vacated the 2011 ruling and remanded all ATS issues to the district court “for further consideration.” The case will return to the same district court judge who dismissed the entire case in 2009.
Case Status:
Victory. Case returns to district court.
More Information and Downloads:
11/12/2010: Download the Brief
Press Release: Court Urged Not To Permit Tort Suit Alleging Human Rights Law Violation
Litigation Update: Court Reinstates Tort Suit Alleging Human Rights Law Violations
Litigation Update: Court Vacates Decision Reinstating Suit Alleging Human Rights Violations
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