A Continuing Trend To Define Scope Of Kiobel

Law360, New York (January 16, 2014, 12:48 AM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.[1] limiting the extraterritorial reach of the Alien Tort Statute dominated the year's news for human rights litigation. In 2014, plaintiffs and defendants will continue to fight in the lower courts to define the scope of the Supreme Court's ruling.

Litigation Under the ATS

The ATS provides that the U.S. "district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any civil action by an alien for a tort only,

committed in violation of the law of...
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