Alien Tort Statute Could Be BP's 'Sleeping Giant'

Law360, New York (August 2, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT) -- Should the oil from the BP PLC spill in the Gulf of Mexico wash up on foreign shores, the company could face claims under the Alien Tort Statute, but experts disagree on the success the plaintiffs bar will have in litigating claims brought by foreign citizens in U.S. courts.

Although the spill has been capped, most agree that the ultimate environmental impact triggered by the April 20 accident on board the Deepwater Horizon remains unknown, and this uncertainty parallels the murkiness of the international liabilities BP...
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