This is a civil action brought by Vietnamese nationals and a Vietnamese organization against corporations based in the United States pursuant to the Alien Tort Claims Act (“ATCA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1350, and pursuant to other statutory and common law provisions, for aiding and abetting violations of international law and war crimes, seeking money damages for personal injuries, wrongful death and birth defects and seeking injunctive relief for environmental contamination and disgorgement of profits.

The claims arise out of the defendants’ manufacture and supply of herbicides which were sprayed, stored and spilled in Vietnam from 1961-1975 and which have caused death and injury to the plaintiffs and the class they represent, and have contaminated many regions of that country.