Monday, October 17, 2011

Supreme Court grants review in cases regarding possible corporate liability for "international torts" -- UPDATED

A few days ago, I posted a note about two cases pending before the US Supreme Court on the issue of whether plaintiffs have a right to recover from corporations under the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victim Protection Act.  Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum decided that corporations can't be held liable for damages for violating the law of nations under the Alien Tort Act while  Bowoto v. Chevron reached the same result under the Torture Victim Protection Act.  As expected, the Court has now officially granted review in Kiobel.  For more go here.

Go here for more information on the issue and for links to the cases and other important documents.

UPDATE:   more information here

UPDATE #2:  the Wall Street Journal law blog has some comments here.

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