Documentary Exposing How NAFTA's Chapter Eleven
Has Become Private Justice For Foreign Companies
Three years after a Mississippi jury found a Canadian-based conglomerate guilty of fraud in attempting to put a family-owned Biloxi funeral home out of business, the Canadian company filed a claim against the United States, demanding $725 million in compensation.
When California banned a gasoline additive that had contaminated drinking water throughout the state, another Canadian firm sued the US government to force citizens to pay nearly one billion dollars for its potential lost profits.
In what one attorney called "an end-run around the Constitution," corporations are using a little-known provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to challenge public laws, regulations and jury verdicts not only in the United States, but in Canada and Mexico as well. And they are arguing those cases not in courts of law, but before secret trade tribunals.
How can this be happening? And why do so few people know about it?