Billy Beck asks if anybody feels like laughing now.
Well, since he asks, my answer is ‘yes.’ I’m also generally pleased when I see such things. Anybody can sue anyone for anything, so the fact that a lawsuit is being filed should be no surprise. Caterpillar won’t settle such a case, because they know it’s completely without merit. Most likely, the case will not survive the pre-trial motion to dismiss. From purely a legal standpoint, even if Caterpillar knew that their equipment would be used by Israeli Defense Forces to demolish Palestinian homes, it was certainly lawful for Caterpillar to sell them to such an entity.
But all that’s not why it pleases me to see such things. I like seeing such things because far from being evidence of a "Rocket-Sled To Hell," I believe it’s the sort of thing that backfires horribly. People see this sort of thing and shake their heads. They know, even if not explicitly why, that this sort of thing is total bullshit, and the fact that mobsters in fancy suits with law degrees can get cleanly away with such an assault that wastes so much of everyone’s time, money, and well being is morally criminal.
So, I think it’s "Just Another Nail."