French court rejected Tran To Nga's lawsuit based on outdated definition
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Specifically, the press release of the lawyers of Tran To Nga states:
“Indeed, the judgment of the Evry Court, in which the court declared that it did not accept Tran To Nga's request, was based on an outdated definition of the principle of immunity, contrary to modern principles of international and national law.”
One can only be surprised to find that the court admits that the companies involved appear to have acted out of compulsion by the U.S. Government, when in fact they were only accepting invitations to bid, and thus have the right to free to decide whether or not to do it.
More seriously, the conditions set forth by the U.S. government does not impose a requirement to make a product with high levels of dioxin as found in Agent Orange. It is a purely corporate initiative, a free initiative of the companies concerned.
It is unusual, to say the least, for one motive with multiple implications, the court omitted the same factors that indicate the limits of what companies are allowed to do, excluding any logic of compliance.
At the coming Court of Appeals, it is necessary to give opinions so that the court knows all the contents of the exchanges between the companies and the U.S. Government, which at present, the court only knows a part and it is difficult for them to fully understand. This is so that the court can access all of the information, not just selected pieces of information, which are presented at the request of the companies in a way that benefits them.
The undersigned lawyers argue that justice is on their client's side.
The undersigned lawyers hope Tran To Nga has enough health to cope with the diseases she has so that she can fight to the end!
On May 10 2021, the court rejected Tran To Nga's lawsuit. The court said it did not have jurisdiction to judge a case involving the U.S. Government’s wartime actions. Soon after, she appealed.Tran To Nga, 79 years old, owning Vietnamese and French nationalities, suffering illness due to Agent Orange chemicals. In the past decades, overcoming the pain, difficulties, and countless obstacles, she has persistently demanded justice for thousands of Agent Orange/dioxin victims.
The Evry Court's judgment was in favor of the 14 chemical companies, finding that the companies "have sufficient grounds to exercise immunity."
Tran To Nga said she would continue this struggle by leading a march among Paris (France), representing Agent Orange victims against global chemical corporations on May 15 2021.
Her lawsuit states that the law is not an excuse for companies producing Agent Orange/dioxin.
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