A US jury has decided that an American coal company was not responsible for the killing of three union leaders at a Colombian mine in 2001.Ok so far so good…
The jurors in Alabama on Thursday rejected charges that coal giant Drummond had hired right-wing paramilitary gunman to kill employees and union leaders in La Loma.
The case was seen as a test of whether American firms can be held responsible in US courts for alleged misconduct abroad.This is kind of an absurd statement for anyone who knows Americans. We like money, but most people in America would not put corporate profits over human life.
There are about 15 similar cases pending in US courts against corporations for alleged human rights abuses committed overseas.Did you just read what I read. In 2001 you say? Isn’t that about the time George W. Bush became president? I am being facetious of course. It is ironic that George W. Bush could be responsible for this push for corporate responsibility. This is the same man from the same party that many liberals say pander to corporations and their interests.
The action began in 2001 under an 18th century law which allows foreigners to sue American firms in a US court.