The plaintiffs in this case are all union leaders who worked on Del Monte’s plantations in Guatemala. In October 1999, security forces controlled by Del Monte held the plaintiffs at gunpoint threatening their lives. Plaintiffs filed 12 state law claims and federal claims for torture under the ATS and TVPA against the Del Monte Defendants.
Plaintiffs allege that Drummond joined with a terrorist paramilitary group to drive suspected guerillas out of the areas of Drummond’s Colombian mine operations. The paramilitaries killed hundreds of innocent civilians who lived in the area. The relatives of those murdered brought ATS and TVPA claims against Drummond and several of its officers.
Children of Drummond’s three murdered union leaders have brought claims for extrajudicial killing under the ATS against Drummond and several of its officers for their participation with paramilitary forces in the murders.
Family members of three union leaders murdered by the Colombian military in Arauca sued Occidental based on Occidental’s support for the military unit involved in the murders.
Gilberto Torres brought claims under the ATS and Colombian law against oil giant BP because of his kidnapping and torture by paramilitaries collaborating with military forces funded by BP.
Guatemalan orphans, schoolchildren, prisoners, asylum and leprosy patients, soldiers and others who were subjected to non-consensual human medical experimentation by the U.S. Public Health Service and the Pan American Health Organization in the late 1940s filed claims under the ATS and U.S. Constitution.
ATS and common law claims have been brought against DaimlerChrysler AG on behalf of individuals forcibly disappeared and presumed murdered, forcibly exiled, or kidnapped and tortured because of their efforts to organize labor at the Mercedes Benz Argentina plant.