Magazine article The American Prospect

The Bullies of Burma. (Networks)

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Bullies of Burma. (Networks)

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CORPORATE SCANDAL. ENERGY COMPANY. Gas pipelines. Exploited workers. Thinking Enron? Think again. Way before Enron stumbled into the corporate hall of shame, an energy company called Unocal had already bedded down in it.

For decades the oil giant has been charged with assorted abuses, and once again its recklessness is sending its lawyers to court. The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued the California-based company in hopes of establishing a legal precedent of making multinationals pay for their behavior overseas. The suit alleges that Unocal and its operating entity, the Union Oil Company, colluded with the Burmese military dictatorship to force villagers to build a $1.2 billion pipeline from the gas fields of the Andaman Sea, across Burma (now known as Myanmar), to Thailand.

The ILRF's case, which has been stuck in legal limbo for six long years and has survived multiple motions to dismiss, will finally be heard this winter. It has also been joined by a similar suit filed by EarthRights International. …

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