High Court To Probe Alien Tort Liability For Abuses Abroad

Law360, New York (March 5, 2012, 7:01 PM EST) -- In a rare move, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked for reargument in a case turning on whether corporations like Royal Dutch Shell PLC are liable under the Alien Tort Statute, asking for a briefing on whether the ATS applies to any violations outside the U.S.

The court asked for additional briefing and a reargument after hearing oral arguments in the case Feb. 28, during which Justice Samuel Alito observed that the suit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses in Nigeria had “no...
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