Earth Rights Intl. - Analysis of decision in So. African apartheid Alien Tort case
"Justice Further Delayed in Apartheid Case", 04 Sep 2014
Last week..Judge Shira Scheindlin...dismissed a...case brought by black South Africans against U.S. companies IBM and Ford...But there was every indication that she did so reluctantly, and with regret...[S]he dismissed the Apartheid case, not because her personal view of the law compelled it, but because she had no other choice...[T]he federal courts have contorted the content and meaning of the Alien Tort Statute beyond recognition...In her decision...Judge Scheindlin wrote “[t]hat these plaintiffs are left without relief in an American court is regrettable. But I am bound to follow Kiobel II and Balintulo, no matter what my personal view of the law may be.”...Whatever does happen next, one thing is clear: the Apartheid plaintiffs have waited too long for justice.