Shell Not Liable For Human Rights Abuses: 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (September 17, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court on Friday threw out allegations that Royal Dutch Shell PLC aided human rights abuses in Nigeria, ruling that corporations cannot be held liable under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute.

The 1789 law allows foreigners to bring claims in U.S. courts alleging violations of “the law of nations,” including crimes against humanity, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that under international law, only individuals can be held liable for such crimes.

The suit was filed in 2002 by...
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