Applying The Alien Tort Statute To Corporations

Law360, New York (September 23, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT) -- This year could mark the death knell for corporate application of the Alien Tort Statute. Despite its enactment as part of the Judiciary Act of 1789, the little-known Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) has recently become a topic of increasingly heated discussion. The statute allows foreigners to sue in U.S. federal courts for a violation of international law. The ATS is unique since no other law opens a nation’s court system to the world like it does.

Usage of the ATS gained popularity in the 1980s when...
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