Alien Tort Ruling Hurts Plaintiffs Who Need It Most

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in favor of Royal Dutch Shell PLC in an Alien Tort Statute case isn't the knockout companies had hoped for, experts say, but the ruling appears to render the law all but useless to the group that relies on it most — plaintiffs suing companies over foreign-based torts.

Five of the court's justices ruled Wednesday that ATS claims fall under the presumption that U.S. laws do not apply to actions on foreign soil, because, in their view, Congress did not intend...
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