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Unocal slave labor case settled, appeals court arguments canceled

[JURIST] Oral arguments due to take place Monday afternoon before a full bench of the US Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals were cancelled Sunday night as a Unocal spokeman announced the settlement of a lawsuit against the oil company in connection with slave labor, rape, and forced relocation in connection with its construction of an oil pipeline in Burma in the 1990s. No details of the settlement were immediately available, but human rights groups had regarded the case as a key test of whether multinational corporations could be held liable in US courts for wrongful actions taken abroad. AP has more. The Unocal website about the litigation is here; a human rights website offering an alternative perspective is here.

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