Thursday, November 27, 2008
Jury to decide if Chevron is liable for aiding and abetting under Alien Torts Claims Act
A San Francisco jury begins deliberations in a precedent-setting civil case – Bowoto v Chevron - that seeks to hold US oil giant Chevron liable in the United States for human rights abuses in Nigeria after closing arguments are heard on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 in courtroom 10 of the Federal Building. The jury will have to decide if what happened constitutes aiding and abetting on the part of Chevron in the death of two protestors, and the injury and subsequent torture of others who peacefully protested the destruction of their environment and livelihood caused by Chevron's oil production activities in May of 1998. See the full story here. Thanks to Sheila B. Scheuerman who originally posted the story on TortProf Blog.