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Forum non conveniens

State ex rel. American Electric Power Co. v. Nibert

West Virginia's highest court held that individuals' lawsuit against a power company for injuries they allegedly incurred due to their exposure to coal combustion waste may go forward in the West Virginia courts even though the vast...

Carijano v. Occidental Petroleum Corp.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing a Peruvian Achuar indigenous group's lawsuit against an oil company for environmental contamination and the release of hazardous wastes. The complaint alleges that,...

Aguinda v. Texaco, Inc.

The court affirms the dismissal of two class actions brought by residents of Peru and Ecuador against a U.S. oil company for environmental and personal injuries arising out of the company's oil exploration and extraction operations...

Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

The court upholds in part and reverses in part a district court dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds of individuals' Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) suit alleging that a foreign oil company participated in human rights violations in...

Jota v. Texaco Inc.

The court holds that a district court erroneously dismissed foreign plaintiffs' environmental and personal injury claims against a U.S. oil company on the grounds of forum non conveniens, comity, and failure to join an indispensable...

Torres v. Southern Peru Copper Corp.

The court holds that a district court properly dismissed a class action brought by Peruvian citizens alleging injuries from a U.S. corporation's copper smelting and refining operations in Peru. The court first holds that the district...