NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court is reviving a lawsuit by Indonesians who want Exxon Mobil Corp. held responsible for deadly attacks by security forces more than a decade ago.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday in a 2-1 ruling that a trial judge was wrong to dismiss the case two years ago. The court said corporations can be sued under a federal law that allows U.S. jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed outside the country.
The ruling reopens a case brought by 15 Indonesian villagers who said Indonesian soldiers raped and killed people at a natural gas site operated by Exxon.
Exxon says those claims are “baseless” and is reviewing the court’s decision.