Addressing Corporate Liability Under The TVPA, ATS

Law360, New York (May 14, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT) -- On Feb. 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in two cases that have far-reaching implications for corporations doing business in politically volatile regions — Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10-1491 and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, No. 11-88.

Kiobel presented the question whether, in a case brought under the Alien Tort Claims Act, also called the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), corporations can be held liable "for violations of the law of nations such as torture, extrajudicial executions or genocide."

In Mohamad, the court considered...
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