Supreme Court Curbs Reach Of Alien Tort Law

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday further limited plaintiffs' ability to bring claims against companies for actions that occur on foreign soil, upholding the dismissal of a suit that accused Royal Dutch Shell PLC of aiding in human rights abuses.

The justices were unanimous in the decision to affirm a Second Circuit ruling in favor of Shell, though they were divided in their reasoning. The Second Circuit found in 2010 that corporations cannot be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute. In a rare move, the...
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