Iraqi Chemical Co. Not Liable For Torture: 4th Circ.

Law360, New York (September 19, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a class action accusing chemical manufacturer Alcolac Inc. of aiding and abetting torture by selling mustard gas components to ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who then used the gas against Kurds in northern Iraq.

The appeals court said the plaintiffs could not bring claims under the Torture Victim Protection Act, which excludes corporations from liability, and that their claims under the Alien Tort Statute did not sufficiently support the intent element necessary for aiding and abetting claims under...
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