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Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era$
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Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195141177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195141172.001.0001

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Taking on Goliath

Taking on Goliath

Why Personal Injury Litigation May Represent the Future of Transnational Cause Lawyering

(p.96) Chapter 4 Taking on Goliath
Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Anne Bloom

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the background and litigation proceedings in the case of Dow Chemical Company and Shell Oil Company versus Domingo Castro Alfaro (et al.), a case in which a Texas personal injury firm attempted to police the misconduct of a group of multinational corporations operating in Costa Rica by filing suit in Texas. The litigation in the Alfaro case involved allegations of wrongful exposure to pesticides of workers employed on a U.S. banana plantation, whose crop was shipped to the U.S.A. The defendants argued that the Texas court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. In a ruling that sent shock waves throughout the international business community, the Texas Supreme Court disagreed. The Alfaro case opened up a new vista of transnational litigation for cause lawyers.

Keywords:   Alfaro case, cause lawyers, Costa Rica, personal injury litigation, U.S.A

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