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23 Oct 2007

Anthony Sebok, Findlaw's Writ [USA]

The Second Circuit's Stunning Reversal, in Two Suits Involving the Alien Tort Claims Act: Part One in a Two-Part Series on the Decision [USA]

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that represents a stunning reversal in two of the most important tort suits concerning the violation of human rights ever to be filed in an American court. Both [cases] involved class actions filed on behalf of all persons who lived under the apartheid system in South Africa…. In this column,…I will analyze the Second Circuit's decision to allow the suits to be heard by the district court, and I will argue that the "victory" the plaintiffs won has much less to it than meets the eye. [refers to Barclays, DaimlerChrysler (now Daimler), JP Morgan, Ford]