Mujica, et al v. Occidental Petroleum, et al

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FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT LUIS ALBERTO GALVIS MUJICA, on behalf of himself and as representative of the Estates of Tereza Mujica Hernan, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra; MARIO GALVIS GELVEZ, on behalf of himself, individually, and as heir of the decedents Tereza Mujica Hernandez, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra; JOHN MARIO GALVIS MUJICA, through his guardian ad litum and on behalf of himself, individually, and as heir of the decedents Terza Mujica Hernandez, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION; AIRSCAN INC., Defendants-Appellees. No. 05-56056 D.C. No. CV-03-02860-WJR Central District of California, Los Angeles 5423 5424 MUJICA v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM LUIS ALBERTO GALVIS MUJICA, on behalf of himself and as representative of the Estates of Tereza Mujica Hernan, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra; MARIO GALVIS GELVEZ, on behalf of himself, individually, and as heir of the decedents Tereza Mujica Hernandez, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra; JOHN MARIO GALVIS MUJICA, through his guardian ad litum and on behalf of himself, individually, and as heir of the decedents Terza Mujica Hernandez, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION, Defendant-Appellant, and AIRSCAN INC., Defendant. No. 05-56175 D.C. No. CV-03-02860-WJR Central District of California, Los Angeles MUJICA v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM 5425 LUIS ALBERTO GALVIS MUJICA, on behalf of himself and as representative of the Estates of Tereza Mujica Hernan, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra; MARIO GALVIS GELVEZ, on behalf of himself, individually, and as heir of the decedents Tereza Mujica Hernandez, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra; JOHN MARIO GALVIS MUJICA, through his guardian ad litum and on behalf of himself, individually, and as heir of the decedents Terza Mujica Hernandez, Edilma Leal Pacheco and Johanny Hernandez Becerra, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION, Defendant-Appellant, and AIRSCAN INC., Defendant. No. 05-56178 D.C. No. CV-03-02860-WJR Central District of California, Los Angeles ORDER Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California William J. Rea, District Judge, Presiding 5426 MUJICA v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM Argued and Submitted April 19, 2007 Submission Deferred August 23, 2007 Resubmitted May 11, 2009 Seattle, Washington Filed May 11, 2009 Before: Jerome Farris and Ronald M. Gould, Circuit Judges, and Kevin Thomas Duffy,* Senior District Judge. COUNSEL Bridget Arimond and Douglas W. Cassel, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, Illinois; Terry Collingsworth, International Labor Rights Fund, Washington, D.C.; Paul L. Hoffman, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, Venice, California; Daniel M. Kovalik, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the plaintiffs-appellants. Manuel F. Cachn, Daniel P. Collins, Daniel L. Geyser, and John W. Spiegel, Munger, Tolles & Olson, Los Angeles, California; Kristin Linsley Myles, Munger, Tolles & Olson, San Francisco, California, for defendant/appellee/cross-appellant Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Kenneth J. Berke, Berke & Kent, Calabasas, California; Sara M. Fotopulos and Thomas E. Fotopulos, Fotopulos & Fotopulos, Riverview, Florida, for defendant/appellee/crossappellant Airscan, Inc. Marco B. Simons and Richard L. Herz, Earthrights International, Washington, D.C., for the amicus Earthrights International. *The Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, sitting by designation. MUJICA v. OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM 5427 William J. Aceves, California Western School of Law, San Diego, California; Sarah H. Cleveland, Columbia Law School, New York, New York; William S. Dodge, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, for the amicus Constitutional and International Law Professors. Ralph G. Steinhardt, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., for the amicus International Law Scholars. Tyler Giannini, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the amicus U.S. Career Foreign Service Diplomats. John B. Bellinger, III, Gregory Katsas, Douglas N. Letter, Robert M. Loeb, Sharon Swingle, and Debra Wong Yang, for the amicus The United States. ORDER In light of the intervening authority of Sarei v. Rio Tinto, 550 F.3d 822 (9th Cir. 2008) (en banc), this case is remanded to the district court to consider whether a prudential exhaustion requirement applies in this case, and if so, whether that requirement bars any claims in this case. On remand, the district court should also consider the effect, if any, of the decision of the Council of State of the Republic of Colombia in Mario Galvis Gelves, et al. v. The Nation, slip op. (Council of State, Rep. of Colombia, Ad. Law Div., Sec. 3, Dec. 13, 2007) and the decision of the Court No. 12 for Criminal Matters of the Circuit of Bogot of the Republic of Colombia in In re Cesare Romero Pradilla, et al., slip op. (Sept. 21, 2007). REMANDED. 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