Alien Tort Statute
The Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), 28 U.S.C. § 1350, gives U.S. district courts jurisdiction over “any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.”
The 2nd Circuit’s September 2010 holding in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum broke ground when it threw into question whether plaintiffs could use the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to bring civil claims against corporations—the paradigm modern-day use of the law. However, in the Supreme Court’s May 2013 judgment in Kiobel...
Royal Dutch Shell can’t seem to plug up the lawsuits spewing from Nigeria.