Supply Chain Management And The Alien Tort Claims Act

Law360, New York (October 28, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT) -- It is difficult to monitor risks within a supply chain. While consumers, the media, and human rights groups, among others, continue to demand increasing accountability by companies for their supply chains, determining where products are sourced — not to mention the components to those products — remains difficult given the dynamic nature of many supply chains.

For many years, the Alien Tort Claims Act has been the principal vehicle used to litigate alleged human rights abuses by corporations. Passed by the very first Congress, ATCA provided a private right of action for aliens in federal court for any violation of the...

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