Kiobel and what it means to U.S. Corporations

Based on the developments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, it is likely that the Supreme Court’s decision in the case may end up turning on the threshold issue of whether US courts are the proper vehicle in which to air extraterritorial grievances.  If this turns out to be the case, the fate of other ATS … Continued

Christian Bale Becomes Latest Target of Chinese Crackdown

At first glance, Academy Award winner Christian Bale would appear to be a popular figure in the People’s Republic of China. Known internationally for his role as Batman in the blockbuster trilogy, he has also made a name for himself in China for his leading role in The Flowers of War, by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker … Continued

Partner or Collaborator? Corporate Counsel Magazine on Cisco’s Relationship with China

The November issue of Corporate Counsel Magazine contains an interesting article on Cisco’s relationship with China, aptly titled “Partner or Collaborator?  Cisco discovers the perils of doing business in China.” The article addresses both the Du v. Cisco and Doe v. Cisco cases, and Cisco’s muted response to the accusations that have been made and substantial … Continued

Excellent Reuters article on Du v. Cisco and Doe v. Cisco

Sui-Lee Wee has written an excellent and comprehensive article, Insight: Cisco suits on China rights abuses to test legal reach, that provides substantial background and analysis of Cisco’s actions in China, and the legal issues surrounding the current litigation.  In addition to quotes from Daniel Ward (re: Du v. Cisco) and Terri Marsh (re: Doe … Continued

NYT reports new evidence of Cisco’s knowing aid to China re: Golden Shield

A Friday evening New York Times article reported that new evidence has been discovered that Cisco Systems, Inc. specifically tailored its products for use by the Chinese Communist Party to monitor and apprehend its citizens. The Human Rights Law Foundation, an advocacy group involved in Doe v. Cisco, an Alien Tort Statute lawsuit brought against Cisco … Continued

Who is Liu Xianbin?

The Laogai Research Foundation has authored an excellent blog post titled “Who is Liu Xianbin?” that puts a “human face” on Liu Xianbin, one of the named plaintiffs in Du v. Cisco.  I encourage all the readers of this blog to click over to the Laogai Research Foundation’s blog to learn more about Liu Xianbin.

Continued Media Attention on Du v. Cisco

Over the past week, there has been increased media attention on Du v. Cisco. Last Monday, Daniel Ward was interviewed on Asia Pacific Forum, for a segment titled “Partners in the Police State? US Tech Giant Cisco Sued for Aiding China.”  Cindy Cohn, Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation was also interviewed for that … Continued

Excellent Electronic Frontier Foundation Post on Du v. Cisco

The EFF continues its active interest in Du v. Cisco.  The EFF’s recent post, “Cisco and Abuses of Human Rights in China: Part 1” provides a comprehensive background on Du v. Cisco and addresses the ethical issues corporations face when dealing with oppressive regimes.  It is an excellent read for any and all interested in … Continued

Daniel Ward interviewed tonight at 9:00 PM re: Du v. Cisco

Daniel Ward will be interviewed this evening at 9:00 PM on the Asia Pacific Forum about Du v. Cisco in a segment titled “Partners in the Police State?  US Tech Giant Cisco Sued for Aiding China.”  If you are in the New York City listening area, tune in to WBAI, 99.5.  Otherwise, listen on the web. … Continued

Who is Du Daobin?

Du Daobin is one of the earliest cyber dissident writers in China.  By the time of his detention in October 2003, he had published tens of articles on the internet at home and abroad. In June 2004, he was charged with “inciting to subvert state power” and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. Instead of serving … Continued