US court refuses to reinstate lawsuit by family of Rachel Corrie

September 17, 2007 20:21

A federal appeals court panel has refused to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Caterpillar Inc. by the family of a 23-year-old American peace activist crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer. The three judges from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the lawsuit presented foreign policy questions best left to the White House. Rachel Corrie, of Olympia, Washington, was crushed in 2003 by a 54-ton 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 - the destruction of civilian homes.

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