April 17, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that nothing in the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) rebuts the US presumption against extraterritoriality and that suits challenging torture and international law violations that took place overseas cannot be ...[read more]
March 8, 2013
by Fangxing Li
JURIST Senior Editor Sarah Posner, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, is a member of JURIST's Editorial Board. Here, Posner discusses the loophole on corporate liability and US Supreme Court's possible holding in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. based on the Alien Tort ...[read more]
October 2, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the court heard new arguments on whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) for alleged torture and international law violations that ...[read more]
June 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Victims of alleged torture and international law violations that took place overseas filed their supplemental brief to the US Supreme Court Monday arguing that the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) is not limited to torts that occur in the US. The brief argues that because the 18th century statute ...[read more]
June 3, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 3, 2011, Judge Kenneth Marra of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida permitted lawsuits against Chiquita Brand International to move forward. Victims and family members filed suit against Chiquita in April 2010 for crimes including murder and torture. The company had ...[read more]
March 22, 2012
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Guest Columnists Jennifer Green and Sahadev Gowda of the University of Minnesota Law School, say that corporations must be held accountable for international law violations through use of the Alien Tort Statute...Last month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kiobel v. ...[read more]
March 16, 2012
by Sean Gallagher
JURIST Guest Columnists David Rivkin, Jr. and Andrew Grossman of Baker Hostetler argue that in determining corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute it is instructive to look at similar legislation that creates civil liability for torture, which was the subject of the case argued in tandem ...[read more]
October 26, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit by Papua New Guinea citizens against mining company Rio Tinto on claims of genocide and war crimes. Allowing the suit under the Alien Tort Statute, the court ruled that it may proceed due to the Australian mining ...[read more]
October 17, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in four cases. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the court will determine whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 for torture and international law violations that took place overseas. In a ...[read more]
April 24, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit rejected Friday a lawsuit by four UK citizens and former Guantanamo Bay detainees against former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials. The court's opinion in affirmed in part district court decision di... ...[read more]

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