Alien Tort Law's Reach Limitless, Nigerians Tell High Court

Law360, New York (June 6, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT) -- Nigerians accusing Royal Dutch Shell PLC of facilitating human rights abuses argued to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the Alien Tort Statute applies to actions all over the world, not just in the U.S., kicking off a rare and much-anticipated reargument before the court.

The petitioners, who claim Shell helped the Nigerian military murder, rape and torture civilians in the 1990s, asked the high court to overturn a Second Circuit decision that corporations are not liable under the ATS, a 223-year-old law that allows...
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