Taking on Goliath

Anne Bloom

in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141177
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871391 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

 Taking on Goliath

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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

Chapter.  10474 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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