Sunday, September 12, 2010
Ninth Circuit upholds verdict in favor of Chevron for aiding and abetting
Back when I first started this blog in late 2008, there were a number of cases in the news related to the Alien Tort Statute (see here). One that gathered a lot of attention was a case by Nigerian citizens who alleged that oil giant Chevron Corp. cooperated with the Nigerian government in human rights abuses of protesters at the company's off-shore Nigerian facilities. That case ended up with a jury verdict in favor of Chevron. For that story (with links to more information) go here, here and here. Now, almost two years later, Law.com is reporting that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the jury verdict clearing Chevron Corp. of the alleged human rights abuses. Go here for the full -- although extremely short -- story. The court's opinion can be found here.