How much attention must multinational corporations really pay to potential human rights abuses in overseas operations?

Though a recent verdict in a high-profile Alien Tort Claims Act case in Alabama resulted in a resounding victory for Drummond, the international mining company, multinational corporations still have great concerns. While the jury took just four hours to reject the plaintiffs’ claims that Drummond had hired paramilitary forces to kill three labor leaders who worked at the company’s coal mine in Colombia, the case represents the first corporate ATCA lawsuit to survive dismissal motions and proceed through trial.

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