Kiobel Ruling Curbs Potential ATS Liability — For Now

Law360, New York (April 18, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10-1491, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 3159 (Apr. 17, 2013), that a claim under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which relates to civil actions by foreign citizens for violations of the "law of nations," does not extend to conduct that occurred on foreign soil. This ruling upheld the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in its dismissal of an ATS suit originally filed in the Southern District of New York by Nigerian...
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