Royal Dutch Petroleum
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...
A D.C. Circuit ruling today has expanded the split among courts as to whether corporations can be sued under the Alien Tort Statute, which allows U.S. courts to hear cases regarding alleged crimes committed in other countries.