The family of a woman killed trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in 2003 asked a federal appeals court panel to reinstate its lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc., saying the company knew bulldozers it sold to the Israeli government were being used to commit so-called human rights violations.
"Caterpillar sold this product knowing - or it should have known - it would cause exactly this harm," one of the family's lawyers, Duke University law professor Erwin Chemerinsky told the three judges from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.
Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer as she stood before a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.
Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, sued Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar, which manufactured the bulldozer, seeking to hold the company civilly liable for aiding and abetting human rights violations. Four Palestinian families whose relatives were killed or wounded when the IDF flattened their homes joined the Corries in filing suit.