A Civil Action?
According to this BBC report, relatives of American peace activist Rachel Corrie are now suing heavy equipment maker Caterpillar for selling Israel a specially-armored tank that it should have known would be used in situations (e.g., bulldozing homes of accused Palestinian terrorists/insurgents -- let's not get into that semantic argument right now) where people's lives would be put in danger. I certainly don't want to get into a blog discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which way outside of my area of competence (assuming I still have an area of competence -- 1st year of law school introduces these kind of doubts in all of us). Just from a legal perspective, however, this seems like a rather novel and particularly tenuous claim, but one that could be interesting to follow in the future. Check out the article, and I invite comments on how successful you think the Corries will be.