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Supreme Court Orders Reargument in Alien Tort Statute Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered reargument in a major challenge involving lawsuits against corporations for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum originally asked the justices whether corporations could be sued under the 1798 federal law. That question was argued on Feb. 28. In Monday’s order, the justices directed the parties to file supplemental briefs on whether the statute allows federal courts to hear lawsuits alleging international law violations that occur outside of the territory of the United States.