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John Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corp. I. Alleged Facts. Defendant Exxon hired the Indonesian military to protect their pipeline & property in Indonesia Plaintiffs allege various injuries from the treatment by the Indonesian military Human rights abuses Wrongful death Assault/battery

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i alleged facts
I. Alleged Facts
  • Defendant Exxon hired the Indonesian military to protect their pipeline & property in Indonesia
  • Plaintiffs allege various injuries from the treatment by the Indonesian military
    • Human rights abuses
    • Wrongful death
    • Assault/battery
    • Infliction of Emotional Distress
    • Conversion of property
ii cause of action
II. Cause of Action
  • Alien Tort Claims Act
  • Torture Victims Protection Act
  • International human rights law
  • Statutory and common tort law of the District of Columbia
    • Violence against women, wrongful death, battery, assault, arbitrary arrest and detention, false imprisonment, intentional/negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligence per se, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, conversion, aiding and abetting
iii legal issues
III. Legal Issues
  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction
  • Choice of Law

1. punitive damages

2. Indonesian v. U.S. law

3. U.S. federal v. state law

iv failure to state a claim
IV. Failure to State a Claim
  • No valid legal claim made by plaintiffs
  • Foreign Affairs Doctrine

1. state law preempted by federal

2. Exxon does not want to pay wrongful death

with punitive damages

C. Failure to Allege Causation

1.Exxon was not employer of military

2. Employee v. independent contractor

iv failure to state a claim1
IV. Failure to State a Claim

C. Failure to Allege Causation

3. Exxon did not “control” military; they were IC

4. Exception of being responsible, even without control, for inherently dangerous work; Exxon did not consider work inherently dangerous

D. Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

1. Exxon did not cause the distress

2. Intentional conduct of Indonesian military did